Are you wondering about our Title IX Appeals Process?

In cases regarding sexual misconduct, both the complainant and the accused receive the outcome of the hearing in writing. Either the complainant or accused may contest the charges or sanctions and request an appeals hearing with a designated appeals officer. To do this, you must submit, in writing, your perspective and reason for the appeal to the designated appeals officer within 48 hours of the original decision. After 48 hours, it is understood that the charges and sanctions are accepted, and the decision becomes final.

You can make an appeal based on a disagreement of findings and/or sanctions, availability of new information or procedural error.

The designated appeals officer reserves the right to meet with appropriate parties in order to determine responsibility. Once a decision is rendered, written notification will be issued, and this decision is final. The appeals hearing outcome will be delivered to both the complainant and accused in writing.

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
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 Your Title IX Coordinator

If you feel you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment, misconduct, assault or violence, or of 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, threatened or harassed, 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