Office of Title IX & Clery Compliance

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Get Help Information:

No person who experiences sexual assault or misconduct, dating or domestic violence, stalking or harassment has to deal with the situation alone. There are resources available on and off campus. First and foremost, if you are sexually assaulted: 

  • Get to a safe place, one that is well-lit and where there are other people, preferably people you know and trust.  
  • Do not bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink, change clothing or even comb your hair before seeking medical attention. It is only natural to want to do so, but you may be destroying physical evidence that could be needed later if you wish to pursue criminal charges. 
  • If you remove/change clothing, place the clothing in a brown paper bag to ensure evidence preservation. 
  • As time passes, evidence may dissipate or become lost or unavailable, thereby making investigation, possible prosecution, disciplinary action, or the issuance of a protective order more difficult. If a victim chooses not to make a complaint regarding an incident, they should nevertheless consider speaking with University Police or other law enforcement to preserve evidence in the event they later decide to file charges. 
  • Call for help. People who care and who will provide you with support and information are available 24 hours a day via UNCW CARE at 910.512.4821 or at the Rape Crisis Center at 910.392.7460. Staff members at both centers can help you consider your reporting options, decide what to do next, and accompany you through the process. 
  • To report the assault, call University Police at 910.962.2222 or ext. 911 on-campus. You may also report your assault to the Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance. A report form may be submitted at any time.  
  • A student has the option to pursue a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue a complaint through the campus conduct process, or to pursue both processes simultaneously. See the Student Gender-Based/Sexual Misconduct Policy for more information about reporting options. 
  • An employee has the option to pursue a criminal complaint with the appropriate law enforcement agency, to pursue a complaint through Human Resources, or to pursue both processes simultaneously. See HR Policy 02.205 Unlawful Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy. 
  • University personnel, including the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance, will assist the victim in notifying authorities if the victim so requests.  
  • Victims also have the option to decline to notify law enforcement.  
  • Get immediate medical attention. You may have injuries that you may not have realized occurred during the assault. 
  • Evidence collection and emergency treatment are available 24 hours a day at the local emergency rooms.  
  • Treatment to prevent certain sexually transmitted infections is available and is most effective when taken as soon as possible after possible exposure (within 72 hours). Treatment is also available for injuries and to prevent pregnancy.  
  • The Abrons Student Health Center can provide students with immediate needs or subsequent follow-care. 
  • The North Carolina Rape Victims Assistance Program and Crime Victims Compensation Act covers most, if not all, medical costs related to rape.  
  • If you wish, call a friend, family member, or other trusted person to be with you. 

If a Title IX report is submitted to UNCW, the Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance provides for interim measures and accommodations, regardless of whether or not an investigation occurs. Interim measures and accommodations include, but are not limited to: on-campus housing reassignment, work or academic schedule changes, academic support, and administrative no contact orders which states that students may by no means communicate with another student listed by the university.  

File a Report: 

You can file a report of sexual assault or misconduct, dating or domestic violence, stalking or harassment and any other form of discrimination by submitting the online complaint form with as much information as you have. This form also allows attachments of images and documents which may be relevant to the reported incident. This report goes to the Director of Title IX & Clery Compliance or designee, who will begin the response process. Reports can also be made by contacting the Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance at titleix@uncw.edu or 910.962.3557. 

Definitions related to the complaint form and process: 

  • Complainant: the person or “victim” on whose behalf a report/complaint has been filed. This is the person directly impacted by the alleged violation of policy. 
  • Respondent: the person or “perpetrator” accused of violating the policy. 
  • Witness: any person identified as being material to the alleged incident. 
  • Title IX Investigator: neutral fact finder designated by the Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance who has undergone training on investigative methods and Title IX policy to conduct interviews with the complainant, respondent, and any relevant witnesses.  
  • Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance: responsible for the coordinated response from the University when a complaint is submitted. This response by the director includes offering support and resources to the complainant, consideration of interim measures and accommodations, assessment of safety for the complainant and the larger community.  

Confidential University Resources:

CARE

UNCW CARE intervenes on a broad spectrum of violent behaviors, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and harassment. CARE offers a comprehensive variety of violence prevention and relationship education programs, trainings, and educational campaigns to the UNCW campus. CARE responds to students who have been victimized, as well as those affected by someone else's experience with abuse or assault, by providing supportive services, including crisis response, individual advocacy, and coordination with both on-campus and off-campus resources.

Advocacy and Support

Through CARE, the university's violence prevention and intervention program, the university provides confidential consultation and victim advocacy services to students who have experienced gender-based/sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, or harassment. CARE responds to students who have been victimized as well as those affected by someone else's experience with abuse or assault; provides supportive services, including crisis response, individual advocacy and accompaniment services; acts as a support person in the campus conduct system; and coordinates with both on-campus and off-campus resources.

CARE's Victim Advocates will inform and counsel students of their rights and available resources to help empower students to make informed decisions and choices in responding to and coping with the effects of sexual misconduct. Students can also access victim advocacy via the Rape Crisis Center and Domestic Violence Shelter and Services. Advocates assist students, but the choice of what actions to pursue belongs solely to the victim. A Victim Advocate from CARE is available at any time.

The CARE Office is located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall, across from the Student Health Center, in the CARE suite. CARE can be contacted at 910-962-CARE.  Emergency or after-hours consultation is also available by calling the CARE responder at 910-512-4821 or at care@uncw.edu.

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall and provides confidential services to students. The Counseling Center can be contacted at 910-962-3746.  Emergency or after-hours consultation is available by contacting University Police.

Student Health Center

The Student Health Center is located on the second floor of DePaolo Hall, across from the CARE offices.  The Student Health Center can be contacted at 910-962-3280.

Non-Confidential Resources on Campus:

Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance

The Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance has primary responsibility for overseeing all aspects of compliance with Title IX and related regulations across the institution, including, but not limited to: Recruitment, Admissions, Financial Aid, Athletics, Sex-Based Harassment, Pregnant and Parenting Students, Investigations and Adjudication procedures, Academic and Extracurricular Activities, and Employment.

The Director serves as the point of contact for coordinating the University’s efforts in response to all forms of gender-based or sexual equity issues and she ensures that the University’s response is effective, timely, thorough, and follows all legal mandates. The Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance’s core responsibilities related to gender-based/sexual misconduct include overseeing the University’s response to Title IX reports and complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints. The Director may choose an appropriately trained designee(s) as needed.

Contacts:

Amber L. Grove, Esq.
Director of Title IX and Clery Compliance
Campus Box 5699
DePaolo Hall 1009
910-962-3557
grovea@uncw.edu or titleix@uncw.edu

Dr. Mike Walker
Deputy Title IX Coordinator/
Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students 
Campus Box 5982
Alderman Hall 101b
910-962-3117
titleix@uncw.edu

University Police Department

The UNCW Police Department is located at 5126 Lionfish Drive. University Police may be contacted at 910-962-2222 or 911. Additionally, emails can be addressed to police@uncw.edu.

Office of the Dean of Students

In addition to the Office of Title IX and Clery Compliance, the Office of the Dean of Students is available to address student issues and concerns related to alleged policy violations and disciplinary proceedings. The Office of the Dean of Students is located at Campus Box 5941, DePaolo Hall 1092 and may be reached at 910-962-3119 or deanofstudents@uncw.edu.

Human Resources

Sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, allegedly committed by a faculty or staff member may also be reported to Human Resources. Complaints will be handled consistent with applicable procedures in the faculty or staff policies and procedures including, but not limited to, the Harassment Prevention Policy and the Harassment Resolution Procedures. Human Resources is located at Campus Box 5960, Friday Annex 178 and may be reached at 910-962-3160 or hrsearch@uncw.edu.