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  • Title IX

    Gender-based/sexual misconduct are forms of sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX, 20 USC §168(a). The University’s Title IX Coordinator is designated to assure these policies and procedures are properly followed. The Director of Title IX Coordinator is:

    Ms. Amber Resetar, Esq.
    Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance
    CB 5942 DePaolo Hall Rm 1040
    910-962-2937
    titleix@uncw.edu

     

    The Student Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct Policy is revised for 2015-2016

    Looking for information or want to report other types of harassment? Visit the Harassment Prevention & Response resource page.

    How to submit a report

    All University employees who receive a report of alleged gender-based/sexual misconduct by a student, on or off-campus, must notify Ms. Amber Resetar, Esq., Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance. In addition, all University employees are required by North Carolina law to report abuse or neglect upon a child or any disabled person.

    Faculty or staff receiving reports of gender-based/sexual misconduct must complete the online Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form.

    Inform the student that they will receive direct contact from the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance or designee with information about rights and resources.

    Three departments remain confidential resources to students: CARE: Interpersonal Violence Prevention & Response, the Counseling Center, and the Abrons Student Health Center. These departments are exempted from reporting gender-based/sexual misconduct unless the student is willing.

    Each student who reports sexual misconduct must be informed of their Title IX rights. An effective way to do so is to provide the student with a copy of:

    You may choose to seek further assistance by contacting the UNCW CARE (Collaboration for Assault Response & Education) office at 910-962-CARE or the CARE responder at 910-512-4821. A CARE Victim Advocate is available to consult with you and the student by phone or in person and available to help you individually with the process. 

    WHAT CAN I DO FOR THE STUDENT IMMEDIATELY?

    Do’s:

    • Do provide information about how to connect with CARE by calling 910-962-CARE. The CARE responder may also be contacted 24/7@910-512-4821.
    • Do help the student to contact UNCW Police if they desire to do so @910-962-2222 or 911(EMR.)
    • Do explain your obligations as a university employee and what information you are required to report.
    • Do get information and support for yourself as a helper (especially if the student does not want to talk to anyone else) by calling 910-962-CARE.

    Don’ts:

    • Don’t ask for details. Good intentions may be experienced as intrusion.
    • Don’t tell students what they “should” or “must” do.
    • Don’t make statements or ask questions that unintentionally imply victim-blaming (“How much were you drinking?”)
    • Don’t make judgments about the student’s reactions or behaviors. It is normal for people to respond to a traumatic experience in a wide variety of ways. 

    ADVISING TIPS

    • Contact Title IX Office, CARE and/or Campus Police if necessary
    • Remember to complete the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form
    • Remember to deliver the report to the Title IX Coordinator within 1 business day and follow the entire reporting protocol
    • Remember to take copious notes and share the scenario with your supervisor(s) / UC Director
    • Remember to encourage the student to utilize his/her resources (e.g. CARE, Health Center, Counseling, Dean of Students, and Campus Police).  If necessary please remember to support and advocate the student by walking with him/her to the office and making a personal connection.
    • Remember to affirm the student’s feelings and overall situation.
    • Remember to attempt to empower the student by giving him/her their options
    • Remember never to promise confidentiality but rather privacy (only those who need to know will know for the sake of supporting, advocating and helping the student)
    • Remember to refrain from attempting to touch or hug the student unless they request and/or give you permission to physically touch them. (Students who have been physically violated may not want to be touched at all).
    • Remember to pay close attention to your body language and overall proximity to the student
    • Remember to follow-up with the student within a couple of days to show care / concern
    • Remember to notify your supervisor(s) and/or UC Director of any updates or changes to the student’s situation