Faculty and staff at UNC-CH are leaders in violence prevention and response. They play a pivotal role and have an opportunity to create change in our community, whether they are teaching about these topics, conducting research, or serving as the first person a survivor speaks to about their experience. The following opportunities are available for faculty and staff to be involved in violence prevention and response regardless of their discipline.


Schedule a Guest Lecturer or Consult on Curriculum

Regardless of your discipline, consider having a guest lecturer come in the next time you need to cancel class! Alternatively, if you will be addressing violence and harassment in the content of your curriculum, staff are available to consult with you regarding information and/or resources on campus.

The individuals listed listed here can consult with you or present guest lectures on various topics in classes or to student groups about prevention of and response to incidents of sexual violence, interpersonal violence and stalking. Staff in the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office can also provide hard copies of resources for faculty or staff to hand out.


Include a Statement in Syllabi

All instructors are encouraged to consider the impact of interpersonal (relationship) and sexual violence on the students in their class. One way to do this is to include in their syllabus a statement encouraging students affected by discrimination, harassment, and sexual or interpersonal violence to seek appropriate resources and support. There are several reasons why such a syllabus statement is helpful for survivors:

  • This statement normalizes the process for seeking support and reporting violence, and helps to create a positive and welcoming environment for students who have experienced violence.
  • This statement also serves as a reminder to all members of the UNC-CH community that approximately one quarter of our students experience sexual or interpersonal violence, either before or during their college years.
  • Finally, for faculty members who may be discussing triggering topics in their classes, the statement starts a conversation about the connection between personal experiences and academic inquiry.

The following is an example of a syllabus statement that can be used for your course:

Any student who is impacted by discrimination, harassment, interpersonal (relationship) violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, or stalking is encouraged to seek resources on campus or in the community. Please contact the Director of Title IX Compliance, Report and Response Coordinators, Counseling & Psychological Services (confidential), or the Gender Violence Services Coordinators (confidential)  to discuss your specific needs. Additional resources are available at safe.unc.edu.

Also, If you are a Campus Security Authority (CSA) or Responsible Employee (RE), below is an example of language that can be added to the above syllabus statement.  If you are not sure whether you are a CSA or a RE, you may contact the University’s Clery Compliance Coordinator or the EOC’s Assistant Director.

As a Campus Security Authority and/or Responsible Employee, if I am made aware of certain crimes and instances of discrimination, harassment, interpersonal violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, and stalking I am required to share information with UNC Police and/or to the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC). If you share such information with me it will not automatically result in an investigation of the conduct but will result in UNC Police or the EOC reaching out to you via email. Should you receive such outreach it is your choice to interact with those offices. If you have been impacted by such conduct but would prefer to engage with a confidential resource, I encourage you to contact the Gender Violence Service Coordinators or Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).

Additionally, instructors are also encouraged to include an accessibility statement to inform students of the availability of reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. This statement makes it clear that students must document their need for accommodations with Accessibility Resources & Service before any accommodations can be implemented.

The following is an example of a syllabus statement that can be used for your course:

The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill facilitates the implementation of reasonable accommodations, including resources and services, for students with disabilities, chronic medical conditions, a temporary disability or pregnancy complications resulting in difficulties with accessing learning opportunities. All accommodations are coordinated through the Accessibility Resources and Service (ARS) Office.
A student is welcome to initiate the registration process at any time, however, the process can take time. ARS is particularly busy in the run-up to Finals and during Finals. Students submitting Self-ID forms at that time are unlikely to have accommodations set until the following semester. Please contact ARS as early in the semester as possible.

For more information, please see the ARS website.


Prepare Students for Graphic Material

Instructors who include readings/films/discussions that include subject matter related to interpersonal or sexual violence are encouraged to consider incorporating information which indicates discussions may take place in the classroom around these topics. Class discussions may be difficult for some people who have experienced or been impacted by violence or harassment. Content warnings can help those individuals prepare for the discussion and remind others in the space that the issue must be approached from a place of thoughtfulness and respect because the discussion goes beyond abstract issues to the lived experiences of some students in the classroom. Many times, these students are able to handle graphic material by preparing in advance. Other times, they may need to take a bathroom break or leave class if they are feeling overwhelmed.

A content warning can help empower those who have experienced violence and harassment by allowing them to choose when and where they may be exposed to graphic material, and to develop resiliency to this material over time. Additionally, warnings that include information directing people to resources help to normalize that getting help is normal. Regardless of a student’s experience, these warnings can help students understand that if they feel that class material is upsetting, the healthy thing to do is to take care of themselves outside of class.

The following is an example of a statement that can be used:

All participants in this class should be aware that we will have frank discussions about [topics such as sexual assault, interpersonal violence, graphic physical violence, sexual health, sexuality, identity-based harassment and discrimination, etc.] during this course. Certain readings and discussions may be difficult for survivors, secondary survivors, and non-survivors alike. Any student who is impacted by harassment, interpersonal (relationship) violence, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, or stalking is encouraged to seek appropriate resources on campus or in the community. As needed, please contact confidential resources such as the Gender Violence Services Coordinator in the Carolina Women’s Center at (919) 962-1343 or Counseling & Psychological Services in Campus Health Services at (919) 966-3658 to discuss your specific needs.

As applicable:

You will see a star (*) next to certain texts. These readings may be particularly difficult for some students as they contain graphic depictions of [topics such as pornography, sexual assault, relationship abuse, harassment, or other forms of violence].