10.6.1 Reporting Sexual Assault
Revised: August 6, 2007; October 1, 2016: October 1, 2020
The College encourages all victims of sexual offenses to report the incident as soon as possible. We understand the sensitive issues involved with this type of crime; therefore, the following individuals may be contacted:
- Campus Police (3831 or 0)
- Telecommunication Services (0)
- Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (3767)
- Dean of Instruction (3715)
- Associate Vice President of Human Resources (2868)
Individuals at the Hoke Center should follow the same procedures; however, they may feel more comfortable making the initial report to one of the following: Security or the Dean of the Hoke Center at (910) 878-5803. These individuals will immediately contact the Executive Vice President and or appropriate Vice President, who will proceed with assisting the victim.
In an emergency or after hours, one should contact the Telecommunication Services “0” or 911. Victims have the right to report sexual offenses without fear of harassment or reprisal. Information will be kept confidential. The College emphasizes the importance of preserving all evidence for the proof of a criminal offense.
There are several options and resources for individuals who have been sexually assaulted. While the victim seeking assistance is not required to take further legal or disciplinary actions, the College official to whom the incident is reported is required, under the sexual harassment policy, to report the incident to the Executive Vice President and the Title IX Coordinator, who are required to investigate the claim.
A forcible sexual offense is any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving assent. Forcible offenses include those involving rape, sodomy, assault with an object, and fondling.
This classification of sexual offense involves unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse such as incest and/or statutory rape.
Sexual Assault is a form of Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment that involves having or attempting to have sexual contact with another individual without consent.
Sexual Violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent (e.g., due to the student’s age or use of drugs or alcohol, or because an intellectual or other disability prevents the student from having the capacity to give consent). Several different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, sexual abuse, and sexual coercion. Sexual violence can be carried out by school employees, other students, or third parties. All such acts of sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.
Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment
Gender-Based Harassment is verbal, nonverbal, graphic, or physical aggression, intimidation, or hostile conduct based on sex, sex-stereotyping, sexual orientation or gender identity, but not involving conduct of a sexual nature, when such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it interferes with or limits a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s education or work programs or activities. For example, persistent disparagement of a person based on a perceived lack of stereotypical masculinity or femininity or exclusion from an activity based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Interpersonal Violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that a reasonable person in similar circumstances and with similar identities would find intimidating, frightening, terrorizing, or threatening. Such behaviors may include threats of violence to one’s self, one’s family member, or one’s pet.
Stalking includes, but is not limited to, a pattern of following, observing, or monitoring the victim, or committing violent or intimidating acts against the victim, regardless of the means. This includes incidence of cyber-stalking.
An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury is known as Aggravated Assault. This type of assault is usually accompanied using a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)
Hate (Prejudice) Crimes
Such crimes involve bodily injury of a person who is intentionally selected because of actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability condition.
A counselor is available to assist sexual assault victims with their immediate needs. Counseling services are provided by the College counselors free of charge to enrolled College students.
A counselor is located on the Pinehurst campus and at the Hoke Center in Raeford. College counselors are North Carolina board-licensed mental health professionals and nationally certified.
At the Pinehurst campus:
229 Stone Hall
At the Hoke Center:
Rosa McAllister-McRae, MA, LPC, NCC, DCC
112 Johnson Hall
Off Campus Resources
Listed below are medical, emotional, or psychological support services for Moore and Hoke Counties:
- FirstHealth Moore Regional, Emergency Room, Pinehurst, NC 28374 – Emergency Room: 715-1111
- Friend-to-Friend, 111 McNeill Street, Carthage, NC 28327, 947-3333
- Moore County 911, Carthage, NC 28327, 911
- Moore County Department of Social Services, 1036 Carriage Oak Drive, Carthage, NC, 28327, 947-2436
- Moore County Health Department, 705 Pinehurst Ave., Carthage, NC 28327, 947-3300
- Sandhills Center for Mental Health, 205 Memorial Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374, 295-6853, (910) 295–6853
- Sheriff’s Department, 101 Dowd Street, Carthage, NC 28327, 947-2931
- Sandhills Mental Health, Raeford, NC 28376, 875-8156
- Health Department, Raeford, NC 28376, 875-3717
- Police Department, Raeford, NC 28376, 875-4251
- Sheriff’s Department, Raeford, NC 28376, 875-5111
- Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC, 609-4000
- FirstHealth Family Care Center, Raeford, NC 28376, 904-235
For Anson, Montgomery, or Richmond counties, the individual may contact that county’s mental health unit by calling the following numbers:
- Anson Unit (704) 694-6588,
- Montgomery Unit (910) 572-3681, or
- Richmond Unit (910) 895-2462.
Disciplinary and/or Legal Actions
The process against the alleged assailant will begin immediately. An investigation will be conducted in a timely manner. All parties will be treated with confidentiality and respect. Both the accuser and the accused will be given equal opportunity to present their views of the incident. (A determination will be made by the Title IX investigative team and a recommendation will be made to the College Senior Administration.) Both parties will be informed of the determination or outcome and will have the right to appeal.
With the final determination, the appropriate corrective actions will be implemented. The College reserves the right to make changes to either party’s academic situations if deemed necessary or if the request is a reasonable option. Disciplinary actions may include termination of employment or expulsion from the College. The College will retain as confidential all documentation of allegations, investigations, and determinations. In addition, both parties must maintain the confidentiality of all aspects of the incident, disclosing no information whatsoever without the written consent of the other party.
The victim has the option to report the assault to the appropriate law enforcement authority. Reporting an assault does not obligate the victim to proceed with legal prosecution. It is the victim’s right to decide whether to continue with or halt legal proceedings.
College personnel will assist the victim with whatever services or support is available, as appropriate.