Treatment in favor of or against a person, group or category based on a protected characteristic such as sex, race, religion or disability.
Affirmative agreement for something to happen or to do some action. Silence is not consent.
Inability to consent due to alcohol, drugs, or other altered mental state such as sleeping.
Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social, romantic or intimate dating relationship with the victim. The existence of a dating relationship is based on length, type and regularity of interaction between the parties involved.
Some things may be out of your control, but you can take measures to help prevent sexual assault.
- If you’re going on a first or blind date, go out with a group of friends or to a public place such as a restaurant.
- Make sure your cell phone is charged and that you have money for a taxi.
- Be aware that alcohol and drugs may lower your sexual inhibitions, and can impair your judgment and ability to make clear decisions.
- Keep your drink with you at all times if you’re at a bar or a party.
- Know your sexual limits and that you have the right to say no under all circumstances. Communicate your limits firmly and directly.
- Listen to your gut feelings. If a situation seems suspicious or you sense you might be in danger, leave immediately and go to a safe place.
- Use the buddy system and agree to look out for each other. Let your friends know if you plan on leaving with someone, where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Questions? Contact any member of COA’s Title IX team.
Be an Active Bystander
If you think someone is at risk for sexual assault, consider it an emergency and get involved. Don’t wait for someone else to act!
Tips for Intervening
- Approach everyone as a friend.
- Don’t be aggressive or violent.
- Keep yourself safe.
- Get help from other bystanders if necessary.
- Call the police if the situation becomes dangerous.
Other Ways to Combat Sexual Assault
- Talk to friends who have expressed violent feelings or behaviors.
- Assist them in getting help from a professional counselor.
- Speak up against jokes about sexual assault.
- Educate people about sexual assault.
Victim’s Rights Provisions
Sexual misconduct is not tolerated at COA. Reports of sexual assault, dating or domestic violence, and stalking are taken seriously. It’s important that victims (complainants) are informed, protected and respected. The following rights are afforded to any COA student, staff or faculty member who experiences such an incident.
Above all, a victim’s confidentiality must be protected. However, when COA needs to act to protect the safety of others, absolute confidentiality may not be possible. COA will protect your confidentiality as much as possible and will take reasonable steps to respond to your request, but cannot guarantee anonymity.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual discrimination, harassment, assault or violence, we encourage you to immediately report it, but it’s your choice whether or not to report an incident. You may report to any member of the Title IX team or any COA employee. Faculty, staff and students may submit a Title IX incident report form to a member of the Title IX team.
No Contact and Protective Orders
COA will honor any protective order acquired through the local courts. Please bring a copy of the court order to campus security for enforcement. In addition, a COA administrative no contact order may be created by the Title IX coordinator once the incident is reported to that office.
Preserving Physical Evidence
If you’re considering criminal prosecution, it’s extremely important to preserve all evidence of an assault. If you go to a hospital as a result of a penetrating sexual assault, you’re entitled to a free evidence collection examination (SANE exam).
Requests for Changes
You may request a change in academic setting (class or campus) or work assignment in order to be more clearly separated from the accused perpetrator. Such a request will be granted to the greatest extent possible.
Fair, Impartial Investigation and Resolution
You can expect a fair and just process as your complaint is handled by the Title IX coordinator or a deputy Title IX coordinator.
Threats, intimidation and any form of retaliation for bringing a complaint of sexual misconduct are prohibited by the Sexual Misconduct Policy as well as federal law, and may be grounds for disciplinary action.
Dare County Hotline
The North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Due Process Rights
The due process rights of both the complainant and the respondent will be protected. Both parties will receive written notification of their rights.
- Both the complainant and the respondent are entitled to have an advisor of their choosing present during any meeting or proceeding related to the investigation.
- An advisor can be anyone chosen by the complainant or the respondent to provide advice and support through the investigation and hearing process.
- The advisor may be present at all stages of the investigation and hearing, but is not allowed to actively participate.
- The advisor can be the eyes and ears of the complainant at the investigation and hearing when the complainant does not feel comfortable in the presence of the respondent.
- Within 10 working days of receipt of a sexual misconduct complaint, the respondent must be given written notice of an alleged violation that would enable a reasonable person to recognize that the charge is consistent with the definition of the prohibited behavior as it appears in this policy.
- The respondent must be given the opportunity to hear the evidence and to present his or her side of the alleged incident.
Please see our student code of conduct page for all policies, procedures, appeals and possible disciplinary actions for any type of gender bias, discrimination, stalking, sexual assault, harassment or violence.
Title IX Team
Chief Operations Officer
Elizabeth City Campus: A 128
252-335-0821 ext. 2211
Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management
Elizabeth City Campus: AE 121
252-335-0821 ext. 2251
Director, Human Resources
Elizabeth City Campus: A 104
252-335-0821 ext. 2236
Director, Campus Safety and Security
Elizabeth City Campus: C 135
252-335-0821 ext. 2228
Director, Advising and Student Success
Elizabeth City Campus: AE 111
252-335-0821 ext. 2243
Elizabeth City Campus: C 134
252-335-0821 ext. 2348
Advisor/Special Populations Coordinator
Elizabeth City Campus: AE 138
252-335-0821 ext. 2277