How to Get Help

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(1) What should I do if I have experienced prohibited conduct?

The Policy addresses conduct that the University prohibits and which may or may not also be prohibited by criminal law. For example, sexual violence violates criminal law and the University Policy. However, age discrimination violates the University Policy but does not violate criminal law. The following options serve as a quick reference guide to help you determine the steps you can take if you have or you believe you may have experienced discrimination or harassment that does not rise to the level of criminal activity regardless of whether the incident occurred recently or in the past.  **You may choose to pursue confidential support at any time – before, during or after pursuing reporting options.** If the conduct you have experienced is sexual violence or other criminal activity, including interpersonal (relationship) violence or stalking, please jump to the next question.

  • (1) Report the Incident to the University
    • When you report to the University, the University can take action to help address the conduct. The University can provide interim protective measures such as academic accommodations and safe housing options to ensure your safety and well-being and provide resolution options.  You are encouraged to choose one of the below options.
      • Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Student Complaint Coordinator
        Ew Quimbaya-Winship (pronounced E – W), eqw@unc.edu or (919) 843-3878
      • Interim Title IX Coordinator
        Katie Nolan, kbnolan@unc.edu or (919) 445-1577
      • Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
        eoc.unc.edu, eoc@unc.edu or (919) 966-3576
      • Office of the Dean of Students
        deanofstudents.unc.edu, dos@unc.edu or (919) 966-4042
  • (2) Seek Confidential Support from the University
    • Confidential psychological and emotional support can be obtained on campus by contacting the Gender Violence Services Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) or the University Ombuds Office. You may access these services regardless of whether you make the decision to report the incident.
      • Gender Violence Services Coordinator*
        Cassidy Johnson, cassidyjohnson@unc.edu or (919) 962-1343
      • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
        campushealth.unc.edu/caps or (919) 966-3658
      • University Ombuds Office*
        ombuds.unc.edu or (919) 843-8204
    • *Speaking to these resources does not constitute a report to the University.

(2) What should I do if I recently experienced sexual violence or other criminal activity?


The resources you need may be different in the first few days following violence when compared to the resources you may need following an incident that occurred several weeks, months or years ago. For example, certain options for medical treatment and the preservation of physical evidence are more effective immediately following an incident. The following options serve as a quick reference guide to help you determine the steps you can take if you have experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or other criminal activity prohibited by this Policy within the past 72 hours. You may use as many or as few of these options as you like.  **You may choose to pursue confidential support at any time – before, during or after pursuing reporting options.** 

If the sexual assault, sexual violence or other criminal activity you experienced occurred weeks, months or years ago, please jump to the next question.

  • (1) Contact Law Enforcement
    • If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 911 immediately. Law enforcement can provide you with protection and can collect evidence for potential criminal charges. If the incident happened on campus and you dial 911, the University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) will respond. These individuals are sworn police officers who are trained to assist members of the University community who have experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or other criminal activity.
  • (2) Seek Confidential Medical Attention
    • If you need immediate medical attention, go to Campus Health Services (Monday – Friday from 8 am – 5 pm) or the UNC Hospitals Emergency Department (24 hours) for confidential assistance. At these locations, a forensic nurse can collect evidence, treat injuries and offer medication for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy prevention. Forensic exams can be obtained from these locations for up to 5 days after an assault. The exam is recommended regardless of the decision you make about reporting an incident because the evidence collected can be used later to support a report or to obtain a no-contact order.  Funds are available from the Survivors’ Assistance Fundto offset medical expenses.
  • (3) Report the Incident to the University
    • You are encouraged to report sexual assault, sexual violence and other criminal activity to the University in addition to contacting law enforcement, and you may bring a support person with you.  This is because the University can provide protective measures and assistance such as academic accommodations and safe housing options.   You are encouraged to choose one of the below options.
      • Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Student Complaint Coordinator
        Ew Quimbaya-Winship (pronounced E – W), eqw@unc.edu or (919) 843-3878
      • Interim Title IX Coordinator
        Katie Nolan, kbnolan@unc.edu or (919) 445-1577
      • Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
        eoc.unc.edu, eoc@unc.edu or (919) 966-3576
      • Office of the Dean of Students
        deanofstudents.unc.edu, dos@unc.edu or (919) 966-4042
  • (4) Seek Confidential Support from the University or Community Resources
    • Confidential psychological and emotional support can be obtained on campus by contacting the Gender Violence Services Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) or the University Ombuds Office. You may also contact community resources, including the Orange County Rape Crisis Center or the Compass Center for Women and Families. You may access these services regardless of whether you make the decision to report the incident.
      • Gender Violence Services Coordinator*
        Cassidy Johnson, cassidyjohnson@unc.edu or (919) 962-1343
      • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
        campushealth.unc.edu/caps or (919) 966-3658
      • University Ombuds Office*
        ombuds.unc.edu or (919) 843-8204
      • Orange County Rape Crisis Center
        ocrcc.org or (866) 935-4783
      • Compass Center for Women and Families
        compassctr.org or (919) 929-7122
    • *Speaking to these resources does not constitute a report to the University.

(3) If I experienced sexual violence or other criminal activity in the past, what should I do?


Many people who have experienced violence find that resources and support help them in their healing process regardless of the amount of time that has passed since the incident. There are a variety of resources to help at the University and in the community. The following options serve as a quick reference guide to help you determine the steps you can take if you have or you experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or other criminal activity prohibited by this Policy several weeks, months or years ago. You may use as many or as few of these options as you like.  **You may choose to pursue confidential support at any time – before, during or after pursuing reporting options.** 

  • (1) Contact Law Enforcement
    • Contact one of the below law enforcement units at their non-emergency number based on the location of the incident. For example, if the incident happened on campus, you should contact the University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS officers are sworn police officers who are trained to assist members of the University community who have experienced sexual assault, sexual violence or other criminal activity.
  • (2) Report the Incident to the University
    • You are encouraged to report sexual assault, sexual violence and other criminal activity to the University in addition to contacting law enforcement regardless of when the incident occurred. This is because the University can provide interim protective measures and assistance such as academic accommodations and safe housing options that law enforcement cannot provide.  You are encouraged to choose one of the below options. You may bring a support person with you to file the report.
      • Deputy Title IX Coordinator/Student Complaint Coordinator
        Ew Quimbaya-Winship (pronounced E – W), eqw@unc.edu or (919) 843-3878
      • Interim Title IX Coordinator
        Katie Nolan, kbnolan@unc.edu or (919) 445-1577
      • Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office
        eoc.unc.edu, eoc@unc.edu or (919) 966-3576
      • Office of the Dean of Students
        deanofstudents.unc.edu, dos@unc.edu or (919) 966-4042
  • (3) Seek Confidential Support from the University or Community Resources
    • Confidential psychological and emotional support can be obtained on campus regardless of when the incident occurred by contacting the Gender Violence Services Coordinator, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) or the University Ombuds Office. You may also contact community resources, including the Orange County Rape Crisis Center or the Compass Center for Women and Families. You may seek confidential medical attention on campus from Campus Health Services (business hours). You may access these services regardless of whether you make the decision to report the incident.
      • Gender Violence Services Coordinator*
        Cassidy Johnson, cassidyjohnson@unc.edu or (919) 962-1343
      • Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
        campushealth.unc.edu/caps or (919) 966-3658
      • University Ombuds Office*
        ombuds.unc.edu or (919) 843-8204
      • Campus Health Services
        campushealth.unc.edu or (919) 966-2281
      • Orange County Rape Crisis Center
        ocrcc.org or (866) 935-4783
      • Compass Center for Women and Families
        compassctr.org or (919) 929-7122
    • *Speaking to these resources does not constitute a report to the University.

(4) What is the time limit to report and length of process where students are respondents?


All individuals, including a Reporting Party or witness, are encouraged to report Prohibited Conduct regardless of when or where it occurred. The University encourages reporting as soon as possible to maximize the ability to respond promptly and effectively. The University does not, however, limit the time frame for reporting.  Consistent with the goal to maximize educational opportunities and minimize the disruptive nature of the investigation and resolution, the Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office and/or Title IX Compliance Coordinator seek to resolve all reports within one academic semester, depending on when the report is received.

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