What happens to you if you report sexual misconduct?

That’s a good question. Wingate University encourages you to report all sexual misconduct, and we want you to feel safe when you do. We don’t ever want an incident to go unreported out of fear. That’s where our non-retaliation policy comes in. Wingate University strictly prohibits retaliation against any individual for reporting an incident, providing information or exercising one’s rights and responsibilities. This includes being involved in the process of responding to, investigating or addressing allegations of sex discrimination, harassment and violence. Any retaliation, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination against any such individual, undertaken or attempted directly or by someone acting on behalf of another, will be taken very seriously. Individuals who engage in these actions are subject to discipline up to and including suspension, exclusion or dismissal from the university. If you are aware of possible retaliation or have other concerns regarding the response to a complaint of sexual misconduct, you should report these matters to Title IX Coordinator Patrick Biggerstaff. He will take the necessary and appropriate actions to address this conduct in a prompt and equitable manner. If you’re hesitant about making a report because drinking or drugs were involved at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct, please review Wingate’s amnesty policy on the Title IX FAQs page.

To read the full Wingate University Sexual Misconduct Policy, download our PDF.

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 sex discrimination or sexual harassment, misconduct, assault or violence 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