Cheryl Harris, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., C.C.T.P.
UNCP Counselor and Sexual Assault Advocate
The Sexual Misconduct Advocacy and Resource Team (SMART) consists of campus and community departments and agencies who are stakeholders in responding to and preventing sexual violence at UNCP. The mission of the team is to reduce the incidents of sexual misconduct that occur within the UNCP community and ensure that survivors receive competent, sensitive, and coordinated responses to incidents of sexual violence. The team meets once a semester to evaluate the quality of survivor response services provided to members of the UNCP community. Necessary training is identified and implemented in order to meet the specific needs of the campus. Sexual violence prevention education needs and opportunities are also identified and recommended.
UNC Pembroke strives to create a climate that encourages survivors to report incidents of violence without fear; establish sexual assault prevention training and awareness programs to educate students; offer sensitive and comprehensive treatment to restore survivors’ health and well-being; help leaders understand their roles and responsibilities regarding response to sexual assault survivors, thoroughly investigate allegations of sexual assault and take appropriate administrative and disciplinary action; and, conduct sensitivity training for members of the interpersonal violence/sexual assault response team, so that re-victimization is minimized, to train advocates to assist survivors with crisis intervention and to reduce their stress resulting from assault.
Members of the SMART team include: Director of Student Health Services, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services, Director of Title IX & Clery Compliance, representative(s) from Police & Public Safety, Director of Student Conduct, Associate Vice Chancellor for Campus Safety and Emergency Operations, representative from Housing and Residence Life, representative from Robeson County Rape Crisis Center, Assistant Director of Health Promotion, Director of Military Outreach, Director of the Accessibility and Resource Center, and various other faculty and staff members who have demonstrated an interest in the safety and well-being of the UNCP community.