If sexual assault is reported to you

  • All employees of the university are considered mandated reporters and have an obligation to report all disclosures of sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator or Human Resources.
  • If someone wishes to report sexual misconduct to you, you must inform them of your duty to report it to the Title IX Coordinator or Human Resources.
  • If they are not comfortable with your obligations, provide them with alternate and confidential reporting options (e.g., campus or pastoral counselors, or the local rape crisis center).

Once a personal request for assistance has been made by a victim of a sexual assault, the primary concern of the person responding should be that of support.

  1. Calmly maintain a supportive and listening posture at all times.
  2. Determine the location of the victim and, if possible, the whereabouts of the perpetrator.
  3. Determine whether the victim is now safe or is injured and if medical assistance is needed.
  4. Determine what type of help the victim would like. For example, does the victim want law enforcement assistance, counseling assistance, or wish to visit the hospital? Offer these options to the victim to build trust and support.
  5. Politely suggest that the victim consider visiting the hospital before bathing, washing, or cleaning any body parts, or before changing clothes or disposing of any other evidence that may be valuable in apprehending the suspect.
  6. If the victim is willing to accept assistance, contact and request the assistance of a response person (police, counselor, friend, or family member).
  7. Offer unconditional support to the victim by staying on the telephone or by accompanying the victim to the hospital if requested.
  8. Mandated reporters should contact the Title IX Coordinator upon hearing a disclosure of sexual misconduct, so that they can immediately offer remedies and resources based on the individual’s wishes.

If you receive a report and are unsure or uncomfortable following steps 1-7, call the Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, or Campus Police. Step 8 is essential for all employees and encouraged among all members of the campus community.

If you have knowledge of sexual misconduct

You have several reporting options:

  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Dean of Students Office
  • Health and Counseling Services
  • University Police
  • Buncombe County Family Justice Center
  • Asheville Police Department
  • Buncombe County District Attorney’s Office: 828.259.3400