Sexual Assault and VAWA Crimes
Sexual assault is a significant concern on American college campuses, including Gardner-Webb University. In compliance with the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act, the University responds to all reports of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. In compliance with Title IX, the University responds to all reports of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, nonconsensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and sexual exploitation, in a prompt and unbiased manner. The Gardner-Webb University Police department, Dean of Students Office, Human Resources department, and Counseling Services are responsible for programs to prevent and to provide appropriate response to reports of sexual assault involving University community members.
Gardner-Webb University is dedicated to providing information and resources to the University community about sexual assault prevention and awareness, intimate partner violence prevention and awareness, stalking resources and prevention. The following programs are offered to all students enrolled at Gardner-Webb University.
During new student orientation, prior to the start of each semester, new students on the traditional campus are provided information about various in person and online resources that the University provides, to include who to report to and how.
To help ensure that incidents of sexual violence, dating and domestic violence, and other forms of violence are promptly and correctly addressed for the safety of the Gardner-Webb community, Gardner-Webb University has policies in place that encourage those who become aware of such incidents to report them. To protect personal rights, the policies do not require the victims or survivors to report. The University also works to ensure that members of the Gardner-Webb community are aware of the need to report sexual assault and other crimes of violence to help increase campus safety. The Office of Christian Life and the Office of Counseling Services are confidential reporting resources who do not report any personally identifiable information or specific details, but report only the date/time, nature of the crime/prohibited behavior, and location. This information is necessary so that the University can be aware if there are particular patterns of crime/prohibited behavior which must be addressed (such as increased patrols at certain times or places).
Reports of prohibited conduct under the University Sexual Misconduct Policy may be made through the LiveSafe app or in person, by phone or email to:
Ms. Lesley VillaroseVice President of Student Development and Dean of StudentsInterim Title IX Coordinator and ADA CoordinatorTucker Student Center #243[email protected](704) 406-2081
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000 requires colleges and universities to issue a statement informing the campus community where law enforcement information may be obtained concerning registered sex offenders. Sex offenders are required to register in a State and to provide notice of each higher education institution in that State, at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. This registry, in North Carolina, is available via the internet and may be used only for the purposes of the administration of criminal justice, screening of current or prospective employees, volunteers or otherwise for the protection of the public in general and children in particular. Use of this information for the purpose of intimidating or harassing another is an unlawful, prohibited and a willful violation shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.