Feeling safe on campus and in your residence is important! After an incident of interpersonal violence, you may not feel safe in your room, apartment, walking around campus or in the community, and you may need to seek help to create distance from the person who hurt you. The following contains information about safe housing, no-contact orders, and restraining orders as well as plans for keeping yourself safe.
I don’t feel safe in my apartment off campus. What should I do?
If you no longer feel safe in your living situation off campus, you have the option of moving into a residence hall on campus on a temporary basis. Housing and Residential Education has a “Safe Room” that you can stay in on a temporary basis. Safe rooms are private and confidential. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 966-4042.
I don’t feel safe in my room on campus. What should I do?
If you no longer feel safe in your room or residence hall, you have the option of switching residence halls depending on availability. Housing and Residential Education has a “Safe Room” that you can stay in on a temporary basis. Depending on room availability, arrangements can be made for you to move out. Contact your RA, Community Director, Title IX Coordinator (Howie Kallem, email@example.com), Deputy Title IX Coordinator (Ew Quimbaya-Winship, firstname.lastname@example.org), and explain your situation, or you can also contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 966-4042, any of whom can assist you.
What’s a No Contact Order through UNC? How do I get one?
A “No Contact Order” through the University requires an individual student or group of students to stop any and all communication with another student or group of students. It is issued by the Office of the Dean of Students. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator can assist you. No Contact Orders can be particularly useful in situations involving stalking, abusive relationships, or sexual assault, as they can help the survivor feel safer and provide distance from the person or people who have hurt them. For more information on obtaining a No Contact Order, please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 966-4042. Failure to abide by the terms of the contact order may result in disciplinary action and possible suspension from the University.
What’s a restraining order? How do I get one?
A restraining order or protective order is a legal order issued by a state court which requires one person to stop all contact with another, for a variety of reasons. In North Carolina, there are domestic violence protective orders (DVPO, or “50B”) and Civil No-Contact Orders (“50C”). Which type of restraining order you can get in North Carolina depends on your legal relationship or whether you have lived with the person from whom you want separation. A DVPO (“50B”) is available if you are legally married or if you have lived with the person (regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity). If you are not legally married or have not lived with the person, the only option is a Civil No-Contact Order (“50C”). To obtain either,the Compass Center for Women and Families will assist you in connecting with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in Hillsborough to complete the necessary paperwork. If you have concerns about filing a police report or seeking assistance because of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression (or that of the person who hurt you), please contact UNC’s LGBTQ Center at 919.843.5376. Any student may also receive assistance in obtaining a restraining order from the Compass Center for Women and Families at 919.929.7122.
Adapted from the HAVEN training manual.