Title IX states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX is an anti-discrimination law based on gender. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are considered discrimination and fall under Title IX protection on a university campus.

Sexual Misconduct Should be Reported to the University

All students, faculty, and staff experiencing Sexual Misconduct are strongly encouraged to report it to the Interim Title IX Coordinator in person, by telephone, by mail or by email to:

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed
Vice-President for Student Development and Dean of Students
Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator
Gardner-Webb University
Tucker Center
PO Box 7271
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
P (704) 406-2081
[email protected]

Sexual Misconduct may also be Reported to Law Enforcement

Because Sexual Misconduct may in some instances constitute both a violation of University policy and a crime, and because Gardner-Webb’s Complaint process is not a substitute for initiating legal action, Gardner-Webb encourages individuals experiencing Sexual Misconduct to also report it to law enforcement authorities.

  • Individuals may seek emergency assistance or initiate a criminal complaint directly with local law enforcement agencies by dialing 911.
  • Gardner-Webb’s University Police may be contacted at (704) 406-4444. University Police are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • The Boiling Springs Police Department telephone number is 704-434-9691 and its address is 114 E. College Ave., Boiling Springs NC.
  • It is important to note that filing a report or otherwise contacting Gardner-Webb’s Police Department does not require the filing of criminal charges.
  • Individuals may inform law enforcement authorities about Sexual Misconduct and discuss the matter with a law enforcement officer without making a formal criminal complaint (or filing a Complaint or Formal Complaint of alleged Sexual Misconduct with the Title IX Officer). Individuals who make a criminal complaint may also choose to pursue a Title IX Complaint or Formal Complaint with the University simultaneously.
  • A criminal investigation into the matter does not preclude the University from conducting its own investigation (nor are the facts or results of a criminal investigation necessarily determinative of whether the alleged conduct violates this Policy or any other Gardner-Webb policy). However, the University’s investigation may be delayed temporarily while the criminal investigators are gathering evidence or for other good cause as determined by the Title IX Coordinator. In the event of such a delay, Gardner-Webb may implement Supportive Measures and accommodations it deems necessary and appropriate to ensure the safety and well-being of the parties and/or the Gardner-Webb community.

Anonymous Complaints

Individuals experiencing Sexual Misconduct may also file an anonymous report by using the Incident Report here. Individuals who choose to file anonymous reports are advised that it may be difficult or impossible for the University to follow up or take action based on anonymous reports. Anonymous reports without personally identifiable information, however, may be used for purposes of compliance with Gardner-Webb’s obligations under the Clery Act.

The Option of Not Reporting Sexual Misconduct and Gardner-Webb’s Right to do so

Individuals experiencing Sexual Misconduct may choose not to report Sexual Misconduct to anyone. Gardner-Webb respects and supports the individual’s decision with regard to reporting; however, if information about Sexual Misconduct comes to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator the University may (1) start an investigation even in the absence of a Complaint; and (2) notify appropriate law enforcement authorities if required or warranted by the nature of the information of which it becomes aware. While no finding of a Title IX violation will occur without the filing of a Formal Complaint by the Complainant or Title IX Coordinator, Gardner-Webb may determine that the Sexual Misconduct Policy has been violated and impose appropriate sanctions based upon an investigation stemming from a Complaint or other information brought to the attention of the University

University Employees are MANDATORY REPORTERS of Reports of Sexual Misconduct

Any University employee who receives information indicating that another member of the campus community (faculty, staff, or student) has been the victim of Sexual Misconduct must report this information to the Interim Title IX Coordinator. The only exceptions to this reporting obligation are employees who have a confidential relationship with the alleged victim that is recognized by law, such as Counseling Center staff and campus ministers (clergy).

Resources

Additional information related to Title IX or sexual assault may be found on the following websites or by calling these telephone numbers.

SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
Please contact University Police at (704) 406-4444 who will contact a 24/7 counselor on call.

University Counseling Services
Stephanie Allen
(704) 406-2177 | [email protected]
On Call # (704) 406-4440

University Police
Chief Barry Johnson
(704) 406-4440 | [email protected]

Title IX Hearing Panel

Steve Gambill
Asst. Professor of Criminal Justice
704-406-2639 | [email protected]

Sharon Webb
Coordinator Clinical Mental Heath Counseling Programs
704-406-3553 | [email protected]

Emily DeFreitas
Director of Digital Learning
704-406-3249 | [email protected]

Dee Pettis
Director of Testing & Tutoring
704-406-2254 | [email protected]

Esther Porter
Human Resources Generalist
704-406-3502 | [email protected]

Bobbie Cox
Assoc. Professor Criminal Justice
704-406-4627 | [email protected]

Brian Arnold
Asst. Dean of Students
704-406-3552 | [email protected]

Title IX Advisors

Alex Simmons
Head Coach Women’s Basketball
704-406-4352 | [email protected]

Cheryl Potter
Assoc. Dean of The Noel Center
704-406-4271 | [email protected]

Matthew Duffus
Dir. of The Writing Center
704-406-3956 | [email protected]

Sydney Brown
Dean of Graduate School
704-406-3019 | [email protected]

Elizabeth Pack
Dean, Adult & Distance Education
704-406-2173 | [email protected]

Robin Weaver
Asst. Dean of The Noel Center
704-406-3615 | [email protected]

Title IX Investigators

Carmen Butler
Dean of Student Success
704-406-3980 | [email protected]

Tyler Rosenberger
Asst. Athletics Dir. for Compliance
704-406-3329 | [email protected]

Michelle Wallen
Accessibility Advisor
704-406-4735 | [email protected]

Eric Plemmons
Assoc. VP for Human Resources
704-406-4259 | [email protected]

Pam Scruggs
Assoc. Athletic Director
704-406-4341 | [email protected]

Cleveland County Abuse Prevention Council
24-hour crisis line (704) 481-0043

Boiling Springs, NC Police Department
(704) 434-9691

Shelby, NC Police Department
Non-emergency (704) 484-6845 | Emergency 9-1-1

Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office
(704) 484-4888

Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office-Victim’s Rights
(704) 476-7810

North Carolina Sexual Assault Response Team

North Carolina Department of Public Safety

RAINN-Rape and Incest National Network
1 (800) 656-4673
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti- sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,100 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense.

SAVAN–Statewide Automated Victim Assistance and Notification
SAVAN is a free, anonymous, computer-based telephone program that provides victims of crime with two important services: information and notification. The SAVAN program is designed to provide you with a quick, easy access to offender information and to alert you when an offender’s custody status changes.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

National Domestic Violence
Hotline 1 (800) 799-7233

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