Clery Report

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.

Prevention of Sexual Assault and Misconduct

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.

New Student Orientation

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.

Reporting Sexual Harassment

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 Villarose
Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students
Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator
Tucker Student Center #243
[email protected]
(704) 406-2081


University Resources

  • SART (Sexual Assault Response Team)
    Please contact University Police at (704) 406-4444
    who will contact a 24/7 counselor on call.
    Stephanie Allen
    (704) 406-2177 | mailto:[email protected]
    On Call # (704) 406-4440
    Chief Barry Johnson
    (704) 406-4440 | [email protected]
  • Mrs. Lesley Villarose, Vice President of Student Development and Dean of Students, Interim Title IX Coordinator and ADA Coordinator
    Tucker Student Center
    (704) 406-2081 | [email protected]

Cleveland County Resources

State and National Resources State and National Resources

  • RAINN-Rape and Incest National Network-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. | 1 (800) 656-4673
  • 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.

Sex Offender Information

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.