File A Report
File A Report
You have the option to report to law enforcement and/or the University. Individuals can report to both of these spaces, only one, or neither. You can also choose to report anonymously (without identifying yourself).
Reporting to law enforcement allows someone to explore their options and pursue next steps in the criminal justice system. Reporting to the University allows someone to explore their options and pursue next steps as it relates to the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct and the Policy on Prohibited Sexual Harassment under Title IX.
Any individual can experience harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and/or stalking, regardless of their identities. Individuals of marginalized communities, however, often face higher rates of harassment and violence and experience additional barriers in seeking help and support. Violence intersects with the different identities an individual holds and can impact how someone experiences violence and/or harassment, responds to trauma, accesses help and support, makes decisions about reporting, or moves forward in their coping and healing.
The sections below include more information about reporting options. The Gender Violence Services Coordinators (GVSCs) can help individuals explore options and navigate any potential next steps. The GVSCs can also accompany individuals to meetings with police and the Equal Opportunity and Compliance (EOC) Office.
Emergency number: 911
Non-emergency number: 919-962-8100 (If you call this number, you can ask to speak directly with a UNC Police Investigator.)
Campus address: 285 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
You can report to law enforcement to learn more about options within their space and to file a police report. Reporting what you experienced to law enforcement may allow for a criminal investigation, which could result in criminal charges. You may bring a support person with you to make the report (such as the Gender Violence Services Coordinators). Police can also talk with you about any concerns you have for your safety.
If you are not ready to file a report or pursue charges, you can still call local law enforcement and ask about your options and what it means to file a report. They can talk with you about options for civil protective orders (including the 50-B domestic violence protective order and 50-C civil no contact order), and how to pursue criminal charges even if you’re not sure or want time to make a decision.
You can download the Carolina Ready Safety Mobile App as another way to communicate by text message, phone call, or Mobile BlueLight with UNC Police. Other features of the app include Friend Walk which allows you to share your geographic location with friends and family to remotely monitor your location while you travel to your destination and WorkAlone which can automatically check in on you while you’re working or studying alone and trigger a call to your emergency contacts if you fail to check in at a determined time. The app also includes information about resources and support offices.
What You Can Expect
You can provide information to UNC Police over the phone, by email, or by meeting in person. It is your choice how much information you share with police. Depending on what you share and what you have experienced, UNC Police may inform the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) and the University’s Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee (EEAC). This protocol is to make sure the appropriate offices are aware of any risk to the campus community.
At the time a report is made, you do not have to decide what course of action you are seeking. The Investigator can talk with you about how law enforcement can respond, facilitate exploring and explaining your options with UNC Police, and will help to get you connected to resources and support.
You are welcome to bring writing materials with you to all conversations with UNC Police. You are encouraged to take notes and document answers to your questions. You may also bring a support person, such as the Gender Violence Services Coordinators.
If interested in connecting directly with UNC Police’s Criminal Investigations Division, you may contact the non-emergency number (919-962-8100) and ask to speak with an Investigator.
Other local law enforcement jurisdictions:
- Non-emergency phone: 919-918-7397
- Non-emergency phone: 919-968-2760
- Non-emergency phone: 919-560-4427
- Non-emergency phone: 919-245-2900
- Non-emergency phone: 919-996-3335
Campus address: 214 West Cameron Avenue, 2nd floor, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
You can report your experience to the University to seek support, resources, and remedies. The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) oversees and enforces the non-discrimination policies at UNC-Chapel Hill. Once EOC receives a report, EOC staff members are focused on: providing services for the safety and well-being of those involved, identifying any patterns of behavior that may exist, exploring ways to stop the continue from continuing, addressing incidents that have occurred, and taking measures to prevent the conduct from happening in the future. The EOC is a neutral office; depending on the resolution route may provide resources, support, and information to the reporting party as well as the responding party.
Contacting the EOC allows you to explore options through the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct (PPDHRM) or the Policy on Prohibited Sexual Harassment under Title IX. Options could include informal or formal resolutions which may be disciplinary or non-disciplinary for the responding party. The Policies apply to the conduct of, and protects, all University students and employees, including faculty members, EHRA (EPA) non-faculty employees, SHRA (SPA) employees, graduate, professional and doctoral students, post-docs, student employees, and visitors. This policy also defines who has been identified as a Responsible Employee.
The Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC) is charged with enforcing university policies and compliance with federal law (including the Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972). The EOC is the University’s central office for addressing issues related to protected-status discrimination and harassment, and it takes the lead on behalf of the university in response to incidents such as interpersonal (relationship) violence and sexual violence.
What You Can Expect
The first step in reporting to the University is to connect with a Report and Response Coordinator (RRC) who works in the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office (EOC). RRCs are available to meet in person or virtually. The EOC and the RRCs are a private resource, meaning information you share with them may be shared with administrators in other offices on campus, including UNC Police and the Emergency Evaluation and Action Committee (EEAC). Information is only shared on a “need-to-know basis” with higher level administrators for the purpose of providing support and responding to any immediate or on-going safety concerns. Individuals are encouraged to let the RRC know if they have concerns about privacy and information sharing—this will allow the RRC to help navigate options and safety concerns.
The RRC will offer to meet with you in person, talk by phone or video call, or communicate by email. You may bring a support person with you to your meeting (such as the Gender Violence Services Coordinators). You are not required to share information with the RRC, but information is helpful to inform all of your possible options. The RRC will ask you questions to determine what help they can provide, but you can decline to answer the questions. You can share as much information as you are comfortable. You do not have to decide immediately what course of action you are seeking. The RRC will talk with you about how the EOC can respond to the incident, facilitate exploring and explaining your options through the EOC, and will help to get you connected to resources and support. You are encouraged to ask the RRC any questions you have about the process and share any concerns you have about your living, working, and learning environment.
You are welcome to bring writing materials with you to all conversations with the EOC, and you are encouraged to take notes and document answers to your questions. Please let the RRC know if you need any accommodations for your meeting (virtually or in person).
Visit EOC’s FAQ page to review answers to frequently asked questions about reporting to the university.
The EOC has a team of Report and Response Coordinators (RRCs) who will talk with anyone interested in reporting to the university or exploring available options and support. It is your choice how much information to share when you meet with an RRC. The RRCs report directly to Rebecca Gibson (she/her), Director of Report and Response. All staff in the EOC are managed by Elizabeth Hall (she/her), Associate Vice Chancellor/Title IX Coordinator.
Associate Vice Chancellor/Title IX Coordinator: Oversees the EOC office and UNC-CH’s compliance with Title IX
An anonymous report means the information you share does not identify you by name or through the details of the information. Anonymous reports are different from confidential reports. Confidential means identifying information is known but will not be shared without your consent. Anonymous means your identity is not known.
What You Can Expect
Any person can make a report to the University without disclosing their name or the names of others involved in the incident(s). You can use the online forms below or send unidentified information by mail, third party, in person, etc.
Depending on the amount of information available about the incident or the individuals involved, the University may be limited in responding to an anonymous report and/or limited in contacting the person alleged to have caused harm. An anonymous report may or may not result in action from the police or the University. At minimum, the University and/or law enforcement will document the submitted information.