ABOUT TITLE IX
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 exists to make certain that the women and men of U.S. universities are treated equally. To put it simply, Title IX says that you cannot “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” based on your sex. As a recipient of federal funding, Wingate University is required to operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.
In accordance with federal mandates, you can read the entire Wingate University Sexual Misconduct Policy by downloading this PDF.
At Wingate University, we’re committed to providing an equal opportunity environment for working, learning and living. We promote inclusiveness and nondiscrimination and embrace diversity. Our goal is to protect everyone, including students, faculty, staff and visitors, from any form of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct or violence.
WHAT'S COVERED BY TITLE IX?
The programs and activities that are protected by Title IX are:
- Academic programs
- Benefits and leave
- Employee hiring and retention
- Financial aid and scholarships
- Recruitment and admissions
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
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:
Title IX Coordinator
Director of Operations
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.
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.
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.
Wingate University takes sexual misconduct very seriously. We have a support system in place and want to make resources easily accessible to you. There are options for reporting the incident, in addition to getting support, medical treatment and sexual assault counseling.
You can start by visiting our Title IX FAQs page. Comprehensive details on everything you need is provided in our Survivor’s Information Guide (PDF). This guide details our Sexual Misconduct Policy and explains how to make a report.You’ll also find tips for taking care of yourself and your options for sexual assault counseling.
And if you still have questions, contact your Title IX coordinator. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for any reason. We’re here for you.