If you’re a survivor of sexual assault or misconduct, we want to help you. Report the problem, and we’ll face it together.

If you’ve been a victim of sexual misconduct or know of someone who has, please report it immediately. We have a variety of reporting structures, resources and support services for survivors of sexual assault or misconduct. You can find the answers you need in the Sexual Misconduct Reporting Quick Reference Guide and in our official policy guide, Wingate University Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF).

What Happens After I Report Sexual Misconduct?

At Wingate University, we want to present all the possible resolutions and processes available to survivors of sexual misconduct. Two means of doing so are formal and informal resolution. Keep in mind that you are not restricted to either one form of resolution or the other. You can choose different forms or both, depending on the complaint. However, sexual misconduct complaints aren’t eligible for Honor Council review. Formal resolution: This option involves the determination of responsibility for the alleged incident. The university community standards procedures and decisions are separate from those of criminal proceedings and decisions. The outcomes of formal resolution include, but are not limited to, criminal prosecution through law enforcement, institutional suspension or official University Community Standards sanctioning. You must file a formal complaint in writing to your Title IX coordinator. The complaint should include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • A detailed description of the incident and alleged conduct
  • The names of any witnesses
  • The name(s) of the person(s) the complaint is against

Once the investigation begins, the Office of Community Standards sends a notice of charges letter to the accused student(s). The investigation will be conducted promptly and a summary generated. Personal identification may be redacted. All sexual misconduct cases are reviewed and heard administratively. If you think there’s a conflict of interest, submit a written request for a new administrative hearing officer to the Title IX coordinator before the hearing. The administrative hearing officer will make a ruling based on the preponderance of evidence and will assign appropriate sanctions. If responsibility is not found for the accused via formal investigation by the Office of Community Standards, informal remediation steps may still be taken if appropriate. Once responsibility is found, sanctions will be carried out to the discretion of Wingate University. Informal resolution: This option does not require a determination of responsibility, but action is taken to resolve the complaint. This is one of the first steps we take when a sexual misconduct violation is reported to eliminate a hostile or potentially hostile environment. Wingate University may, at our discretion, take remedial action independently of the victim’s request to ensure the health and safety of the community. Informal remediation options include, but are not limited to:

  • Adjustments for missed class time
  • Administrative room changes
  • Class schedule and/or course changes
  • No-contact orders
  • Temporary leaves of absence

Regardless of what option you choose, Wingate University will help you every step of the way. For more information, email Mr. Patrick Biggerstaff, see our survivors’ information page or learn what is considered consent and sexual misconduct.

Your Coordinator

In accordance with federal regulations, we’ve dedicated a Title IX coordinator responsible for the administration and implementation of Wingate University’s Title IX compliance efforts. If you have Title IX questions, complaints or concerns, please contact:

Patrick Biggerstaff
Title IX Coordinator
315 E. Wilson Street
Wingate, NC 28174
704–233–8247

Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The OCR ensures institutions receiving federal funding comply with Title IX regulations.

When to Contact 

If you feel you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment, misconduct, assault or violence or sex discrimination, we encourage you to reach out. That goes for students, faculty, staff, visitors and applicants for admission or employment. Federal and state laws prohibit retaliation against individuals who file a complaint in good faith or participate in an investigation involving an alleged Title IX violation.

Title IX Resources

If you feel you’ve been discriminated against or are a victim of sexual harassment, we’re here to help. In addition to your Title IX coordinator, you can contact:

  • Campus Safety 704–233–8999
  • Dean of Students 704–233–8242
  • Office of Human Resources 704–233–8710
  • Police (Emergency) 911
  • Residence Life 704–233–8247
  • Wingate Police (Non-emergency) 704–233–5657
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