Title IX: Gender Discrimination / Sexual Violence

 

What is Title IX?

Title IX states that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. It is more than just "the law that made school sports more equitable for girls and women." Title IX also prohibits sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, as a form of sex discrimination.

Every campus is required to designate a Title IX Coordinator to oversee complaints, identify problems, be available to students and law enforcement, and handle Title IX concerns. Meredith's Title IX Coordinator is the Director of Human Resources, who can be reached at (919) 760-8760, davispam@meredith.edu and is located in the Park Center (1st floor/ Office of Human Resources).

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Meredith College is committed to providing a safe and positive living, learning and working environment. Members of the campus community are expected to treat others with integrity and respect and to take responsibility for their actions. Meredith College will not tolerate sexual misconduct including, but not limited to, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, sexual coercion, relationship violence, and stalking. Sexual misconduct can be committed by men or women, and it can occur between persons of the same or different gender. Acts of sexual misconduct are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by College policy and Title IX.  

Sexual Misconduct Policy and Grievance Procedures (PDF)
Formal Grievance Form (PDF)
Information for Meredith Students About Sexual Misconduct and Title IX (PDF)
Information for Meredith Faculty & Staff About Title IX Rights, Responsibilities and Resources (PDF)
Tips for Being an Engaged Bystander (PDF)
Helping Victims of Sexual Violence (PDF)

Nondiscrimination Policy

Meredith College is dedicated to equality of opportunity within its community. The College does not discriminate against its employees or applicants for employment because of race, color, national origin, age (as defined in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act), religion, sex, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation. This policy applies to all aspects of the employment relationship including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, advancement, compensation, benefits, transfer, and termination.
Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy and Grievance Procedures
Formal Grievance Form (PDF)

Sexual Assault and Rape
Sexual assault is defined as any incident of forcing another person to perform a sexual act against his/her will. Force can be implicit through the use of threatening words, gestures, or tone of voice, or explicit through actions of physical restraint. According to North Carolina state law, rape is defined as forced sexual intercourse against the will of another person. Rape is also considered to be sexual intercourse with a person who is physically, mentally, or otherwise incapacitated (including incapacitation from the use of alcohol and drugs), when the person performing the act knows of the victim’s incapacity.

Seek medical assistance as soon as possible following the incident (ideally within 72 hours). Do not shower before being examined. Be sure to advise medical personnel that treatment is necessary because of assault or rape. Medical information is essential if charges are filed.

Meredith complies with the federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act.

Confidential Campus Resources
Counseling Center (919) 760-8427
The Counseling Center is open Monday - Friday 8 am - 5 pm during the academic year. After hours, during the academic year, the counselor on call may be reached by calling the RD on duty at (919) 612-6350 or Campus Police at (919) 760-8888. Services provided by the Meredith Counseling Center include:

  • Crisis intervention and debriefing
  • Short-term individual, group, and family counseling
  • Psychological consultation
  • Resource and referral services
  • All services are free and confidential (unless you waive confidentiality or disclosure is legally required)

Carroll Health Center
Office of the Chaplain

Additional Meredith Resource
Campus Police

Additional Resources

WAKE COUNTY
InterAct of Wake County 
InterAct is a private, non-profit, United Way agency that provides safety, support, and awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence and rape/sexual assault. InterAct fulfills this mission through the support of its volunteers and community.
InterAct of Wake County 24-hour Rape Crisis Line: (919) 828-3005
InterAct of Wake County Residential Shelter
InterAct of Wake County Services
InterAct of Wake County Library
Solace Center (919) 828-3067

NORTH CAROLINA
North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
North Carolina Victim Assistance Network
NC SAVAN
NC SAVAN Brochure (PDF)
Rape Victim Assistance Program
Rape Victim Assistance Brochure (PDF)
Definitions of Rape and Sexual Assault
Sexual Assault Facts
Warning Signs of Dating Violence
WomensLaw.org: North Carolina Laws

NATIONAL
RAINN Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
Love Is Respect
National Sexual Assault Hotline 1.800.656.HOPE
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Not Alone
Safe Helpline
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO)
WomensHealth.gov Sexual Assault and Abuse
WomensHealth.gov Sexual Assault Fact Sheet (PDF)

Contact Information:
1st Floor Park Center
Phone: (919) 760-8898
Fax: (919) 760-8164
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