For Faculty & Staff
As a UNCW faculty or staff member, you may be concerned about your own or a student’s safety. Even though ours is a safe, secure campus, the threat or experience of violence can occur anywhere. Recent data regarding violence indicates:
- At least 1 in 5 college women has been the victim of an attempted or completed sexual assault.
- Of women who are assaulted, more than 8 in 10 knew their assailants.
- In the United States, 5 in 100 women and 1 in 100 men reported at last one stalking incident that resulted in a high level of fear during the past year.
- 4 of 10 stalking incidents occur at the end of a relationship.
- More than 1 in 5 women in the United States reported being assaulted by a partner during their lifetime.
- Incidents of women assaulting partners have increased, with 1 in 14 partners reporting an assault by a woman.
UNCW has created a comprehensive violence prevention and education response, led by several offices on campus, including the University Police, CARE: Collaboration for Assault Response & Education, and the Office of the Dean of Students. These offices work closely with Student Heath Services, Housing and Residence Life, the Counseling Center and off-campus agencies, including Rape Crisis Center and Domestic Violence Services.
CARE: Collaboration for Assault Response & Education works confidentially with students who may need information and support after experiencing assault or attempted assault, relationship abuse or stalking. We collaborate with the UNCW Police and other offices in a confidential manner.
UNCW CARE is also a confidential resource to UNCW faculty and staff about their own concerns about issues of interpersonal violence. We provide education, advocacy services, and referrals as appropriate to the individual situation.
University Employee Responsibilities
The CARE office recognizes the importance of faculty and staff relationships with students. If a student discloses a violence-related concern to you, it is important that the information disclosed not be kept confidential. New federal guidelines from the Office of Civil Rights about sexual harassment and misconduct have significantly changed the obligations of UNCW employees when they receive a disclosure about sexual misconduct.
Student Sexual Misconduct Policy
In accordance with new federal Title IX guidance and to maintain compliance with the Clery Act and North Carolina law, UNCW has revised its previous Sexual Assault Policy to create our new Student Sexual Misconduct Policy. Allegations of sexual misconduct by faculty or staff are addressed by the University’s Harassment Prevention Policy and Harassment Resolution Procedures.
Reporting Student Sexual Misconduct
All University employees who receive a report of alleged sexual misconduct by a student, on or off-campus, must notify the Dean of Students or the Title IX Coordinator. In addition, all University resources are required by North Carolina law to report abuse or neglect upon a child or any disabled person.
- Faculty or staff receiving reports of sexual misconduct must complete the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form.
- The reporting form must be delivered within 1 business day to Dr. Michael Walker, Dean of Students/Title IX Designee, via hand delivery (Alderman 101), email attachment (firstname.lastname@example.org), or fax (910-962-3905).
- Inform the student that they will receive direct contact from the Dean of Students or his designee if an administrative investigation will be required.
Three departments remain confidential resources to students: CARE: Interpersonal Violence Prevention & Response, theCounseling Center, and the Abrons Student Health Center and are exempted from reporting 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 962-CARE or the CARE responder at 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.
It is not your responsibility to determine whether an assault actually occurred or to confront alleged perpetrators. Always refer students who report possible sexual assault, relationship violence or stalking to the CARE office and/or the UNCW Police for additional information and support.
The following guidelines may be helpful:
- Do provide information about how to connect with CARE by calling 962-CARE. The CARE responder may also be contacted 24/7@512-4821.
- Do help the student to contact UNCW Police if they desire to do so @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 962-CARE.
- 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.
Remember that the sooner you refer a student to CARE or other campus resources, the more effective and easier the referral process will be.
When sexual harassment is alleged, all administrators and supervisors are required to report. Likewise, it is not your responsibility to determine if harassment has occurred. Rather the reporting is required to ensure that a prompt investigation is undertaken. If the alleged harasser is an employee, this must be reported to the Human Resources office. Cases in which a faculty or staff member is notified of possible sexual harassment by a student require a report to the Office of the Dean of Students.
For more information regarding required notification or reporting of harassment. contact the Office of the Dean of Students or Human Resources.
UNCW Police 962-2222 or 911(EMR)
UNCW CARE 962-CARE or 512-4821
Office of the Dean of Students 962-3119
Abrons Student Health Center 962-3280
Housing and Residence Life 962-3241
Counseling Center 962-3746
Human Resources 962-3160
The UNCW Police Department has trainings for faculty and staff specifically designed to instruct you in ways in which the University Police will respond and protect the campus community in instances requiring rapid response. All staff and faculty are strongly encouraged to attend these safety trainings.
For more information regarding faculty/staff resources for you and for the students you work with, please go to: www.uncw.edu/care.