Recently, UNC Charlotte has established a separate office to oversee Title IX coordination. Title IX is a law that is part of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 that prohibits discrimination based upon sex in educational institutions. The law has morphed over the years to expand over a broader area of gender based discrimination.
“This definition has been construed to include sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said Dawn Floyd, Title IX coordinator.
The university created the separate office for Title IX coordination in hopes to advocate sexual abuse and violence awareness and to offer students in these situations a place to go.
“[UNC Charlotte] is fully committed to educating the campus on preventing violence…and creating a culture of awareness.” Floyd said.
One function of the office is to make faculty and students aware of their responsibility in reporting acts of sexually based violence and abuse. These responsibilities are listed in chapter eight of the Code of Student Conduct, which was revised over the summer to follow the guidelines set forth by the new Title IX coordination office.
Floyd is hoping to create an array of programs to get out the word on sexual based violence. Presently, she is creating a comprehensive Title IX website to update the current web page. It will include a plethora of information such as policies and resources.
Also, Floyd is planning on getting the university involved in a program called “Think About It” for incoming students. This program takes about two hours to complete and features online educational modules that inform students of issues pertaining to alcohol, drugs and protocol for sexual assault. The Title IX office also plans to issue educational materials on campus and through their social media sites which are currently being created.
The office for Title IX coordination offers resources for students that have both been victimized by sexual violence and that have committed acts of sexual violence to deal with the aftereffects of the incident. They offer referrals to on campus programs such as the counseling center and also to Nicole Madonna-Rosario, UNC Charlotte’s interpersonal violence prevention specialist. They also encourage students to report acts of sexual violence, and give students guidelines for how to go about the process.
Responsibility is also a major factor in preventing acts of sexual violence. Floyd stressed how oftentimes alcohol can play into violence. She explained how when students have a sexual encounter where alcohol is involved, the lines become blurred as to if consent is given or not. This can make it difficult to investigate these incidents.
Floyd greatly encourages input and communication from students, and wants to extend a helping hand to those affected by sexual violence so that they can learn how to address their situations.
Floyd can be reached by phone at 704-687-6130 or by email at Dawn.Floyd@uncc.edu. She also encourages students to visit her office currently located in CATO 361.