Reporting Sexual Misconduct
To report sexual misconduct, contact the Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Melanie Fox
Interim Associate Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
Office for Civil Rights
Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1100
Fax: 202.453.6012; TDD: 800.877.8339
Reporting Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is a crime. Crimes of violence affect everyone, regardless of gender, and can occur in any relationship whether you are straight, gay, lesbian, transgender, queer or questioning. However, it is your decision whether or not to file a police report. There is no wrong choice, only the choice that is right for you. If you decide to report the assault, you have options for how to do so:
To submit an anonymous report, complete the Anonymous Crime Tip form.
Confidential reports remain between you and the person to whom you report.
- Choosing Not To Report: You can choose not to report the sexual assault. This means you do not have to speak with law enforcement nor the Title IX Coordinator
- Speak with Health and Counseling: We encourage you to get as much support as possible. Please feel free to reach out to multiple support services.
- Speak with UNC Asheville’s hired minister, other clergy or athletic trainers.
- Contact Our VOICE: Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education.
- Blind Report with Asheville Police Department through Our VOICE: If the sexual assault happened within Asheville city limits, you can file a blind report with the Asheville Police Department by calling the Our VOICE crisis line (828.255.7576). A blind report is one in which you provide information about the sexual assault and the suspect but do not have to give information about yourself, including your name. You can provide as much or as little information as you wish. This information will be kept on file in case another person experiences an act of violence by the same person.
- Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator: We encourage ALL students, visitors, and employees to report incidents of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
- Reporting to UNC Asheville faculty, staff, or residential assistants: You may report sexual misconduct to any employee. Be aware, they have a duty to report it to the Coordinator.
- Reporting to UNC Asheville Police:
- Call 828.251.6710 to reach University Police.
- University Police are mandated reporters and Campus Security Authority (CSA). They are obligated to notify the Title IX Administrator and the District Attorney.
- You are not required to prosecute or pursue campus action. You may choose to pursue action at a later time.
- An officer will help secure medical attention and emotional support from campus resources.
- The officer will assist in preserving evidence and preparing a case for court, or for the UNC Asheville Citizenship Education Process.
- If the assault happened off-campus, the officer will help you contact the proper law enforcement agency if desired.
- Reports filed are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution.
- Filing Criminal Charges: You can pursue criminal charges based on North Carolina laws regarding sexual assault.
- You may visit the Buncombe County Family Justice Center. The FJC is a safe place where victims of domestic violence and sexual violence can go for help. There are many different services in one location.
- This entails making a police report. Read more about your options following an assault.
- The report will begin an investigation and possible criminal proceedings involving the District Attorney’s office.
- The District Attorney generally has the final say as to whether to send a case to court.
- An Our VOICE Case Manager can assist you throughout the legal process, accompanying you to police interviews and court and assisting you with obtaining other resources.
- Pursuing action through the University Procedures (if responding party is another student):
- Sexual assault is prohibited at UNC Asheville and is a violation of the Student Code of Community Standards.
- Students have a right to file a formal complaint of sexual assault with the Title IX Office.
- Complaints may be pursued through an informal process or a formal process. The Title IX Coordinator will review those options and all procedures with you so that you can make the best choice.
- It is entirely up to the reporting party as to what course of action to take, unless there is imminent threat to the campus. The Coordinator may proceed without the reporting party in those instances.
- Protective measures will be taken to maintain your confidentiality and safety, and to prevent retaliation of any kind.
- If the complaint meets the definition of Sexual Harassment (including sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking) under Title IX, the complaint will be adjudicated through the established procedures for informal and formal resolutions, as so determined by the reporting party, and outlined in our Community Code of Standards.
- The reporting party may choose to withdrawal a formal complaint at anytime and/or resume adjudication through the informal process at any time.
- Remedies and resources will be provided to students regardless of if they choose to pursue a Title IX informal or formal process.
- Students wishing to learn about their options, seek help and support from the University, and/or pursue a complaint are encouraged to have a private conversation with the Title IX Coordinator by calling 828.232.5658 or emailing email@example.com to schedule a virtual meeting.