- manages non-discrimination policies that also prohibit related forms of misconduct
- connects people to interim protective measures (e.g., changes to housing or work schedules, changes to or assistance with academic assignments, no-contact orders)
- provides education, training, and awareness campaigns
- offers reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and those seeking religious accommodations
- provides services to further the University’s commitment to fair and equitable employment opportunities
Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct
- discrimination and harassment based on any protected status: age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status
- sexual assault or sexual violence
- sexual exploitation
- interpersonal (relationship) violence
- complicity for knowingly assisting in an act that violates the Policy
- retaliation for a person’s good faith participation in the reporting, investigation and/or adjudication of violations of the Policy
- confidential medical support (e.g., evidence collection, pregnancy prevention, treatment and testing for STIs)
- law enforcement for pursuing a criminal investigation
- University reporting options for addressing the incident under the University’s policy and/or seeking interim protective measures
- confidential emotional and psychological support
View a Quick Reference Guide for assistance in emergency situations regarding incidents of sexual assault or sexual violence, interpersonal (relationship) violence, and stalking and a Comprehensive Resource Guide with more details about each resource, including preservation of evidence.
You’re encouraged to report incidents to one of the offices or staff members below for the option to address the incident under the University’s policy and/or to see interim protective measures.
- Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
- For all types of conduct: Report and Response Coordinators – Ew Quimbaya-Winship (919) 843-3878 or Rebecca Gibson (919) 445-1578
- For sexual and gender-based discrimination and harassment, sexual assault or sexual violence, interpersonal (relationship) violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking: Interim Title IX Compliance Coordinator – Katie Nolan ((919) 445-1577)
- For all types of conduct: online report submission form
- Office of the Dean of Students
- email@example.com or (919) 966-4042 (24/7)
- University’s Department of Public Safety
- (919) 962-8100 (non-emergencies) or 911
The adjudication process for addressing violations of the Policy prioritizes student safety, well-being, development, and education. While these proceedings may result in the imposition of sanctions in appropriate cases, this emphasis upon student safety, well-being, development, and education distinguishes these campus-based processes from criminal or civil legal proceedings. Proceedings pursuant to the Policy do not result in a determination of whether a crime has occurred; such determinations can be made only by the criminal justice system. Consistent with these student-focused concerns, proceedings held in accordance with the Policy remain non-adversarial; reflect community values, University policies, and Board of Governors standards; and provide for the respect and consideration of all participants. More specifically, this means that when scheduling meetings and hearing dates, the University will make reasonable efforts to accommodate an attorney or non-attorney advocate; however, the availability of students, witnesses, the hearing coordinator, panel members, and other necessary participants, as well as the need to promptly complete the meeting or the hearing may, in the University’s discretion, take priority when determining the date and time for a meeting or hearing. Additionally, an attorney or non-attorney advocate may not delay, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with a meeting or hearing. Finally, the University may at all times correspond directly with the student. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate and share information with the attorney or non-attorney advocate.
In order for an attorney or non-attorney advocate to participate in a hearing, the student and the attorney or non-attorney advocate must complete and submit an informational form and a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act release to the hearing coordinator no later than five (5) business days prior to the hearing. These forms are available here. The attorney or non-attorney advocate must also meet with the hearing coordinator in advance of any participation in the proceedings to understand the expectations of the role, privacy, and appropriate decorum.If these steps are not completed in the timeframes required by the University, the University may, in its discretion, determine an appropriate remedy, up to and including denying the participation of the attorney or non-attorney advocate.
An attorney or non-attorney advocate may fully participate in the proceedings to the same extent and in the same manner afforded to the student represented by the attorney or non-attorney. See UNC Policy Manual Regulation 700.4.1.1[R]. In particular, a student may request that the student’s attorney or non-attorney advocate do any or all of the following at a hearing:
- Provide legal advice to the student during the hearing
- Make opening and closing statements
- Submit questions to the Hearing Chair to pose to the other party
- Question the University Investigator and
- Question witnesses, however, the Hearing Chair has the discretion to determine that the questions will be submitted to the Hearing Chair in cases where the Hearing Chair determines that questioning by the parties will be unduly intimidating or burdensome to a witness
The University does not permit either party to question the other during hearings to adjudicate harassment or discrimination matters because the University recognizes that it may be traumatic for one party to have to interact directly with the other. Additionally, the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) stated in its April 4, 2011 Dear Colleague Letter that “OCR strongly discourages schools from allowing the parties personally to question or cross-examine each other during the hearing. Allowing an alleged perpetrator to question an alleged victim directly may be traumatic or intimidating, thereby possibly escalating or perpetuating a hostile environment.”As previously noted, an attorney or non-attorney advocate may participate in a hearing to the same extent and in the same manner afforded to the student the attorney or non-attorney advocate represents. Because students may not directly question one another, their attorneys also may not question the other party.
You may wish to review the following resources:
- Role of the Support Person, Attorney, and Non-Attorney Advocate
- UNC Chapel Hill Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct Including Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment, Sexual Violence, Interpersonal Violence and Stalking
- Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence, April 4, 2011
- Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence, April 29, 2014
Accommodations for Employees with Disabilities
- (A) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual
- (B) a record of such an impairment
- (C) being regarded as having such an impairment or
- (D) an impairment that is episodic or in remission if it substantially limits a major life activity when it is active.
- Making existing facilities readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities
- Job restructuring, modifying work schedules, reassignment to a vacant position or
- Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies, and providing qualified readers or interpreters.
Training and Education
- For Title IX and VAWA issues, contact Katie Nolan, Title IX compliance coordinator, EOC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 445-1577.
- For EOC issues, contact Becci Menghini, senior associate vice chancellor, Workforce Strategy, Equity, and Engagement at email@example.com or (919) 843-0594.
- For disability issues, contact Rudy Jones, associate director, EOC at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 962-9980.