Title IX Compliance

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. The Title IX office at Gardner-Webb University is here to identify Title IX related issues, to oversee complaints, conduct investigations and to ensure consistency in following policies and procedures. All Title IX related concerns should be directed to the following campus contact:

Lesley Villarose, M.Ed
Vice-President for Student Development and Dean of Students
Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator
Gardner-Webb University
PO Box 7271
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
P (704) 406-2081
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The Title IX office is responsible for the annual training on Title IX and Campus Security Authority as required under the Violence against Women Act of 2013, Section 304. The Title IX office is also responsible for the distribution of other educational materials relating to the topic which may be picked up at the office. Anyone having questions regarding the training or educational materials should direct inquiries to the contact listed above.


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

opens in a new windowKnow Your IX

opens in a new windowThe North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault

opens in a new windowCleveland County Abuse Prevention Council
(704) 481-0043 (24 hour hotline)

opens in a new windowNational Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

University Counseling Services
(704) 406-4103

opens in a new windowCleveland County Sheriff’s Office
(704) 484-4888

opens in a new windowClery Center
(A national watchdog for all crimes committed on campus)

opens in a new windowNorth Carolina Department of Public Safety

opens in a new windowNational Sexual Assault Online Hotline
(800) 676-HOPE (4673)

University Police
(704) 406-4444 (also has 24-hour access to professional on-call counselor)

opens in a new windowBoiling Springs Police Department
(704) 434-9691