FAQs for Title IX Complaints

Yes, you can be sexually harassed or assaulted by someone of the same gender. If you have been subjected to unwanted sexual contact or sexual harassment, your gender and the gender of the alleged perpetrator are irrelevant.

If you want to speak with someone in a totally confidential manner, you need to speak with someone in the Counseling Center (Link and phone number). If you want to speak with some to help understand your various options, you can speak with the Title IX Office with the understanding that the Title IX Office will keep things as confidential as possible but may be required to inform some other University departments or divisions.

Yes, you should report the incident of sexual misconduct even if it happened off campus. Once the report is made, the Title IX Office will be able to assist you in various ways to help you with the situation.

Yes, Title IX applies to online behavior. This includes posts made on all social media platforms (May need a different word instead of “platform”. By platform I mean Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc…)

In order to make a formal report of sexual harassment or sexual conduct, you can contact the Title IX Office directly or use the online reporting form.

Although each case is unique, the initial meeting usually takes about one hour.

The Title IX Coordinator will explain the Title IX process and your rights during the process. The Title IX Coordinator will discuss any changes to your courses and residence that may be necessary during the process. The Title IX Coordinator will also discuss the availability of supportive measures, such as academic flexibility requests, residence changes, or other steps to assist you during the complaint resolution process. You have a right to have an advisor of your choice, which may or may not be an attorney, present during this meeting

During the investigation, the parties will have an equal opportunity to be heard, to submit information and corroborating evidence, to identify witnesses who may have relevant information, and to submit questions that they believe should be directed by the Investigator to each other or to any witness. The Investigator will notify and seek to meet separately with the Complainant, the Responding Party, and third-party witnesses, and will gather other relevant and available evidence and information, including, without limitation, electronic or other records of communications between the parties or witnesses (via voice-mail, text message, email, social media sites, and other like forms of communication), photographs (including those stored on computers and smartphones), and medical records (subject to the consent of the applicable party). If law enforcement is involved, the Investigator may coordinate efforts with law enforcement to conduct an efficient investigation while limiting the burden on the parties.

Some students do not want to trigger a formal school investigation. Even if you do not want to go through an investigation or file a formal complaint, the Title IX Office can assess your needs as they relate to your class schedule, work schedule, living situation, or other safety concerns. The Title IX Office can also connect students with University Police, counseling, and other off campus resources. The University is obligated to weigh your request for confidentiality against its broader obligation to keep the student body safe; accordingly, in limited circumstances the school may proceed with an investigation against a complainant’s wishes. You still have a right to reasonable remedies and accommodations even if you choose not to participate in an investigation. It is important that you know that NC A&T may not be able to take action against the alleged perpetrator if you choose not to initiate a formal investigation.

Many medical and support services are available to you free of charge or at very low cost. The University’s counseling services are free. Do not let cost stop you from getting the support you need. The Counseling Services office is located in Murphy Hall on campus (next to Williams Cafeteria)(add link).

At least one investigator will be assigned to investigate your complaint. The investigator will contact you to schedule a time to talk with you about your case.

The Title IX Coordinator can assist you even if you choose not to go through the formal disciplinary process. The Title IX Coordinator can arrange supportive measures such as academic flexibility including note takers, changes to residence, and other steps to assist you in achieving your educational objectives.

The investigator will ask for details about what happened. The investigator will also ask you to provide the names of witnesses (if there were any) and other evidence that you may have, such as text messages, emails, voicemail messages, or photos. You have the right to have an advisor of your choice present during the interview.

The Title IX office shares information on a need-to-know basis; those involved in the investigation and resolution of the complaint. Generally those that need to know will include staff in the Title IX Office, Office of Legal Affairs, Student Conduct Office … During the formal process to resolve the complaint, witnesses will be informed about the complaint and asked to tell what they know.

Normally, the Title IX Office will not contact your parents. However, depending on the particular circumstances, the Title IX Office might contact your parents.

You do not have to complain to the Title IX Office if you think that a crime was committed. However, it is highly recommended that you do report the incident to someone in the Title IX Office in order to discuss what resources are available to you.

 

Yes, if you choose to complain to the Title IX Office, you can also go to the police.

 

Yes, your complaint will be taken seriously. (Should we expand this? Maybe link to Amnesty policy?)

No. N.C. A&T and the University Police Department will focus on the more serious crime, which would be the sexual assault. If you were violating a University alcohol policy or were drinking underage when you were assaulted, NC A&T encourages you to report the sexual assault to the Title IX Office, Student Conduct Office, or police - and be honest about your behavior. Providing all the information, including information about drinking or drug use, can help to better understand what happened. If you have concerns, you can always talk with the Title IX Coordinator, 336-285-3770 or someone from the Counseling Center at N.C. A&T before talking with the police or Student Conduct Office.

The options to resolve a complaint include informal resolutions and a formal hearing. For more information about the differences between these two resolution methods, contact the Title IX Office (phone number, email, and website).

Determining whether a respondent was responsible for a violation of the policy will be determined by a Student Conduct Hearing. (link to Student Handbook)

Submitting or providing false or misleading information in bad faith (e.g., providing knowingly or recklessly false information) or with a motive of personal gain or with an intention of harming another in connection with an incident of Prohibited Conduct is prohibited and may result in sanctions under the University’s Code of Conduct and disciplinary action under the appropriate Employee disciplinary policy. If, however, information is provided in good faith (e.g., not knowingly or recklessly providing false information) that later proves false, such disciplinary actions will not be taken on the person who provided the false information in good faith.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Investigator will prepare a Draft Investigation Report summarizing the information gathered and outlining the contested and uncontested information. The Draft Investigation Report will not include any findings. The Complainant and the Responding Party will have an opportunity to review the Draft Investigation Report; meet with the Investigator; submit additional comments and information to the Investigator; identify any additional witnesses or evidence for the Investigator to pursue; and submit any further questions that they believe should be directed by the Investigator to the other party or to any witness. The Investigator shall designate a reasonable time for this review and response by the parties, not to exceed ten (10) calendar days. In the absence of good cause, information discoverable through the exercise of due diligence that is not provided to the Investigator during the designated review and response period will not be considered in the determination of responsibility for a violation of the Policy, and will not be considered by the Dean of Students Office, Office of the Provost, or Human Resources.

Unless there are significant additional investigative steps requested by the parties or identified by the Investigator, within five (5) calendar days after receipt and consideration of any additional comments, questions and/or information submitted by the parties during the designated review and response period, the Investigator, alone or in coordination with the Office of the Provost, Human Resources or the Dean of Students Office, will prepare a Final Investigation Report. The Investigator will deliver the Final Investigation Report to the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Office will notify both parties, simultaneously, that the Final Investigation Report is complete and available for review.

The Title IX Coordinator is charged with monitoring the University’s compliance with Title IX; ensuring appropriate education and training; coordinating the University’s review, response, and resolution of all reports under this policy; and ensuring appropriate actions to eliminate Prohibited Conduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects. The Title IX Coordinator is available to meet with any Student, Employee, or Third Party to discuss this policy or the accompanying procedures. The University has also designated Deputy Title IX Coordinators who may assist the Title IX Coordinator in the discharge of these responsibilities. The University may designate additional staff to assist the Title IX Coordinator with his or her duties. All staff with responsibilities related to compliance with Title IX will receive appropriate training to discharge their responsibilities.