Title IX

What is Title IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance”.
 
Wingate University is committed to providing an environment for working, learning and living that promotes equal opportunity, inclusiveness and nondiscrimination; where students, faculty, staff and visitors are protected from any form of sex discrimination and sexual harassment, misconduct, or violence.   As a recipient of federal funding, Wingate is required by Title IX regulations to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.
 
What Title IX Covers
Programs and activities which fall under Title IX protection include:
·   Recruitment and admissions
·   Housing
·   Financial aid and scholarships
·   Hiring and retention of employees
·   Academic programs
·   Benefits and leave
·   Athletics
 
 
Title IX also protects against sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault or violence, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, nonverbal or physical misconduct of a sexual nature. 
 
Title IX Coordinator
In accordance with Federal regulations, the University has designated a Title IX Coordinator responsible for the administration and implementation of Wingate University’s Title IX compliance efforts. Complaints, concerns or inquiries related to Title IX or its application at Wingate can be directed to:
 
Patrick Biggerstaff
Title IX Coordinator
Office of Residence Life
110 Dickson Palmer Center
Wingate, NC 28174
704-233-8247
 
The role of the Coordinator is to oversee all Title IX complaints, including sex discrimination or sexual harassment, assault, violence or misconduct, as well as identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems which become evident during the review of such complaints. 
 
At the federal level, inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  The OCR ensures that institutions receiving federal funding comply with Title IX regulations. 
 
When to Contact Your Title IX Coordinator
Any student, faculty or staff member, or applicant for admission or employment,  who has concerns or feels they have been subjected to sex discrimination or sexual misconduct, assault or violence is strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of the Title IX Coordinator.   
 
Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against any individual who files a complaint in good faith or participates in an investigation involving alleged Title IX violations.
 
Title IX Resources
If you feel you have been discriminated against or subjected to sexual harassment, we strongly encourage you to tell someone.  The following offices are available to assist you:    
  • Title IX Coordinator                                               704-233-8247
  • Office of Human Resources                               704-233-8710
  • Dean of Students                                                  704-233-8242
  • Residence Life                                                      704-233-8247
  • Campus Conduct Hotline                                   866-943-5787
  • Department of Campus Safety                          704-233-8999