UNC is committed to providing students who experience sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and other forms of sexual or gender-based harassment or discrimination, with the support and resources they need. In general, UNC provides two categories of resources: support resources protected by statutorily-enforced confidentiality, referred to as Confidential Resources, and reporting mechanisms for the University, referred to as Reporting Options.
Confidential Resources: An individual can seek completely confidential assistance and support by speaking with trained professionals who hold statutorily-protected confidentiality. Confidentiality means that information shared cannot be revealed to any other individual without express permission. These trained professionals are prohibited from breaking confidentiality unless there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others.
To obtain confidential mental health or medical services, and to learn more about other options and resources, a student can talk with several on-campus resources: Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), Campus Health Services, and the University Ombuds Office. A student may also speak confidentially with the following off-campus resources: the Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC) and the Compass Center for Women and Families. Please see below for reporting options and please click here for support options.
Reporting Options:In order to encourage students to report sexual assault, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, stalking, sexual exploitation, and other forms of sexual or gender-based harassment or discrimination, UNC provides multiple reporting options so that students can choose the reporting option that is most accessible and comfortable to him/her. Please see below for more information about these reporting options.
Emergency Reporting: The University encourages all students to report sexual violence or potentially criminal conduct by calling 911 or contacting the UNC Department of Public Safety as soon as safe to do so after an incident. The University also encourages all individuals to seek assistance from a medical provider immediately after an incident of sexual violence. The University can assist students with making a police report and will provide transportation to the hospital or police department.
Incidents or behaviors occurring on campus can be reported to the University’s Department of Public Safety. Incidents or behaviors occurring off campus can be reported to the corresponding local police department (e.g., the Chapel Hill or Carrboro Police Department).
Making a report to law enforcement or seeking medical treatment provides the opportunity to preserve any evidence and to begin a timely investigative and remedial response. Evidence from an assault or other form of violence should be preserved as soon after an incident as possible. Campus Health Services and UNC Hospitals both have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners available for this purpose.
Even if a student is unsure about whether to make a report on campus or with law enforcement, a student can seek medical assistance to preserve evidence of an assault which might be used later to support a campus report, criminal prosecution or to obtain an order of protection.
Campus Reporting: The Title IX Coordinator (Christi Hurt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-966-6754) oversees the university’s centralized reporting process. Students can report any incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment or interpersonal violence directly to the Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Ew Quimbaya-Winship, email@example.com, 919-843-3878). While the University encourages reporting soon after an incident occurs, there is no deadline for making report. A student can always make a report to the University or as above, to local law enforcement.
Anonymous Reporting: A student can submit anonymous reports any time through the Office of the Dean of Students (form found here) or through the Department of Public Safety’s “Silent Witness” website.
Judicial Reports: A student may also consider civil legal action (through the courts) to obtain a civil no-contact order or other redress.
To find learn more about how the University responds to a report, read the UNC-CH Policy on Prohibited Harassment, Including Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination.