Not sure if you’re the victim of sexual misconduct? Know Wingate’s policies and the resources available to you.

At Wingate University, we take reports and complaints of sexual misconduct very seriously. That’s why we encourage you to review our official Wingate University Sexual Misconduct Policy (PDF).
We strive to be a community free of these issues by providing education, programming and expectations of values and behavior. But if you’re ever a victim of sexual misconduct, we encourage you to report sexual misconduct so you can get the help you need, be it emotional support or legal counsel. Our policies and procedures follow Title IX guidelines and North Carolina state laws and apply to all aspects of Wingate University functions. This means on or off campus and even during holiday and summer breaks. These guidelines apply to all students, faculty members and campus visitors. If you feel like you’ve been assaulted, discriminated against or harassed but aren’t sure if it falls under our guidelines, report it. We’ll help you understand what you’re feeling and take the necessary steps to act on the problem.

What Is Sexual Misconduct?

Wingate University defines sexual misconduct broadly as any conduct that’s sexual in nature and nonconsensual. This includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Stalking violence: This conduct can make you fear for your safety or that of those around you. Cyber-stalking counts. Actions that may be considered stalking include:
  2. Sexual harassment: Sexual harassment is unwelcome gender-based verbal or physical conduct that interferes with your ability to participate or benefit from educational programs and activities. It can also be based on power differentials, the creation of a hostile environment or retaliation. Some examples of sexual harassment are:
    1. Cyber-bullying based on gender or sex
    2. Emails with unwelcome sexual content and sexting
    3. Obscene sexual gestures
    4. Pressure for dating, romantic or intimate relationships
    5. Pressure for forced sexual activity
    6. Remarks about a person’s gender or sexual orientation
    7. Sexual innuendo or humor
    8. Sexually explicit profanity
    9. Unnecessary or unwelcome references to body parts
    10. Unwelcome kissing, hugging or touching
  3. Sexual exploitation: This occurs when a person takes nonconsensual or abusive advantage of another person for his or her own benefit or to the benefit of anyone other than the person being exploited.
  4. Sexual assault: Sexual assault is nonconsensual sexual contact or intercourse. It doesn’t matter how slight the touching is, or if an object has been used. If you didn’t consent or were forced, it’s assault.
  5. Relationship, dating or domestic violence: This consists of any form of physical, emotional or verbal abuse that makes you feel threatened or afraid, including rape or date rape. Abuse is considered to be any act that intends to manipulate, harm, control or use you and causes a negative impact.
    1. Being or remaining in close proximity to a person
    2. Damaging or interfering with someone’s property
    3. Engaging in unwanted contact
    4. Giving or leaving unwanted gifts
    5. Monitoring or watching someone
    6. Threatening a person directly or indirectly

Other forms of sexual misconduct might include indecent exposure, sex-based cyber harassment and prostitution or solicitation of a prostitute. You might think your report will go unheard if the person abusing you is a friend, partner, ex or stranger. That’s just not true. You matter. And if someone is victimizing you with sexual misconduct, it needs to stop. It needs to be reported.

Your Title IX 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
Director of Operations
Campus Services
315 E. Wilson Street
Wingate, NC 28174

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 Your Title IX Coordinator

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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