Jared Green


Student body presidential candidates named for 2015-2016 academic year

UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association (SGA) recently held nominations to fill various SGA positions for the 2015-2016 academic year. Several seats for senators, class president and student body president are up for election.

Nominations for SGA candidates closed on Monday, Feb. 23, and campaigning began Tuesday, Feb. 24.

At the campaign meeting on Feb. 24, current Student Body President Stephen Serio congratulated all of the candidates on their nominations. “It’s great to see that [all the candidates] are willing to run for student government, [they are] a great asset we have on campus.” he said.

Mitch Motsinger, secretary of internal affairs and board of elections chairman, also addressed the nominees stating, “I do appreciate that [you all] want to get involved [with SGA]…it is a great organization to be a part of.”

This year, 49 applications were received for SGA positions. Though nominations for SGA closed on Monday, they will be reopened for senate positions for positions representing two colleges due to a lack of candidates. The two colleges whose nominations will be reopened are the College of Education and the College of Arts and Architecture.

The campaigning period until elections begin at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Elections close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25.

Students can vote at vote.uncc.edu once elections open. Among those running for office are Brittney Jones and Mitch Daratony, both running for student body president. The two candidates have been invited to attend the annual student body presidential debate which will be held on Monday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m.

For more information on SGA or elections, visit  sga.uncc.edu.

If you would like to submit question ideas for the student body presidential debate, email editor@ninertimes.com.

EPIC dedicates Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab

Photos by Ben Coon.

The Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab was recently dedicated. The lab is located in the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC) at UNC Charlotte. The lab was built using money from a large donation from the Siemens Corporation and serves as a research center to engineer solutions for issues in large-scale product manufacturing.

The Siemens Corporation manufactures large components such as steam turbines and gasoline engines. These are very large systems and only ten of these are manufactured by Siemens each year. Siemens chose UNC Charlotte for the construction of this lab because of their desires to fund the manufacturing of energy creating components and because of the research capabilities of EPIC. Charlotte also stands as Siemens’ base of operation for all North Carolina manufacturing.

John Ziegert, UNC Charlotte professor and director of the Siemens lab, is glad for the opportunities graduate students will have with the lab, as it “gives students the opportunity to participate in real world industry problems.” Siemens is currently supporting three different joint research projects with UNC Charlotte graduate students.

In addition to research solutions, the Siemens Corporation hopes to train and recruit UNC Charlotte engineering students using the Siemens Large Manufacturing Solutions Lab. “Every partner of the [engineering department] is focused on recruiting high quality students,” said Ziegert.

The lab was funded by the Siemens Corporation by a challenge funding program, in which they agreed to match amounts given by other donors. Siemens donated $2 million for the construction of the lab. Hexagon Metrology was also a major donor of the lab. They provided a Leitz PMM-F, a machine that measures specifications accuracy.

University officials and Siemens executives are looking forward to the opportunities that the lab and its research will provide for UNC Charlotte, its students and faculty and for the Charlotte community.

UNC System to vote on tuition increase for 2016-17, 2017-18 fiscal years

The University of North Carolina system recently submitted a proposal for a tuition hike for the next two fiscal years for tuition at UNC Charlotte.

The proposed plan would increase undergraduate tuition rates by $106 for fiscal year 2016 and by $109 for fiscal year 2017. The board of governors will vote on the proposal during their Feb. meeting on February 26 and 27 that will be held at UNC Charlotte.

The funding that comes to UNC Charlotte falls into three main categories: tuition, fees and appropriations. Fees generally cover student life while tuition covers the actual education that students receive.

Appropriations are paid by the state’s education fund and highly subsidize tuition. Beth Hardin, vice chancellor for business affairs, explained this is done so “the state pays for the academic ‘stuff’ and students pay for ‘student life’.”

According to Hardin, 65 percent of tuition is covered by state appropriations and in-state students are only required to pay about 35 percent of the actual cost of tuition. This explains why tuition for out-of-state students is much higher as their tax dollars are paid to their home state and therefore they pay the full, unsubsidized price of tuition at UNC Charlotte.

The state of North Carolina has done well at highly subsidizing higher education, according to Hardin.

“Even after the [2008 recession], UNC schools are still very well supported with appropriations,” said Hardin.

The rate change has been adjusted so that, if approved, both in-state and out-of-state students will pay the same amount in tuition increases.

For in-state students, this equates to roughly a 3 percent increase in tuition for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. This means the proposal has an aggregate tuition increase of 3.3 percent for in-state undergraduates.

Out-of-state students will have a tuition increase of roughly 0.635 percent and 0.649 percent for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 respectively.

In addition to the increase in tuition, there is an expected increase in fees of 5 percent for both fiscal years. Increases in tuition and fees comply with the fee cap set by the board of governors which allows a maximum 5 percent increase per fiscal year.

This year a two-year tuition increase was proposed in lieu of the usual annual increase proposal to allot for needed revenue due to the increasing student population. From 2009 to 2014,  a total of 46 percent of the UNC systems’ enrollment growth came from UNC Charlotte alone. This has put increasing demands on university resources and especially on faculty and staff.

According to Hardin, the tuition and fee increases will fund more faculty, better compensation for faculty and staff and more student services. The incremental revenue from the tuition increases will be roughly $2.9 million for fiscal year 2016 and $3.2 million for fiscal year 2017.

UNC Charlotte professor and Nigeria’s Awolowo University professor partner for sustainability research project

The head of the Department of Africana Studies Dr. Akinwumi Ogundiran recently received of a grant from the Carnegie Foundation in partnership with his associate, Dr. Benjamin Ogunfolakan, from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

The foundation has awarded the Carnegie Foundation African Diaspora Grant to Ogundiran and Ogunfolakan so they can undertake a two phased project in urban research using their backgrounds in anthropology, archaeology and urban studies. The two professors will travel between the two universities throughout the course of the project.

Ogundiran plans on using his background in archaeology to use sacred groves to develop a sustainability project in urban areas in Nigeria. Sacred groves are ancient green spaces, somewhat like parks.

According to Ogundiran they have existed in many civilizations from ancient Greece to India. Their traditional purpose was to serve as a place of refuge for religious contemplation, but Ogundiran hopes to use them as a means of creating more green space in cities.

“They [serve as] a refuge for different lifes, plants and animals,” Ogundiran said. “They will become important spaces not just for religious purposes but for, I would say, a quality of life.”

Ogundiran has studied the spiritual value of these spaces and hopes this will serve to maintain their preservation. If it does, this could aid in raising awareness as well as providing one solution to sustainability in Nigeria.

Phase one of this project includes an exhibition and raising public awareness about these sacred grove spaces.

Phase two centers around developing new urban studies curriculum to teach students how sacred groves can be used for sustainability. This is where the partnership between UNC Charlotte and Obafemi Awolowo University will play out. Ogundiran expressed the importance of training students in urban studies in this project.

“We need a new generation of students that will know how to manage these green spaces and be able to develop a new strategy on how to enlarge them,” he said.

Students from UNC Charlotte and Obafemi Awolowo University will connect using online resources to collaborate in making strategies for sustainability efforts.

Ogundiran hopes to see this model of international collaboration grow as a new model for distance education.

By using technology, distance education is made easier and cheaper while it still retains a high quality of education for students in both locations.

“We can use technology to deliver distance education in a way that benefits us locally and in the same way benefis people thousands of miles away,” said Ogundiran.

South Village Dining Hall opens doors

After a long wait and a build-up of anticipation, South Village Crossing is finally open.

One of the primary features of South Village Crossing is the new dining hall (being nicknamed “SoVi”) that will serve to retire RDH after its many years of feeding students. SoVi opened Jan. 6 as students began to return from the winter holidays.

SoVi is based on a design concept similar to Crown Commons in which cooking areas are exposed so students can see the work that takes place behind the stove. SoVi also resembles Crown in that there are multiple food stations and there is an open dining layout.

However, SoVi has a good deal more square footage than Crown Commons, with new and revamped food station options.

Students can choose from a pizza/pasta station, salad station, Euro station, Japanese grill station and a specialized dessert counter, among other options.

The salad station in SoVi has an open grill for chefs to cook made-to-order meats for salads. The Euro station serves specially-crafted European -inspired foods such as Swedish meatballs, with different choices daily.

The size of the plates at SoVi are smaller than those at Crown Commons. By using smaller plates, it will be easier for students to control overeating because they can visually see healthy portion sizes. Smaller plates also help reduce the amount of food waste.

Freshman Josh Stowe enjoys his short walk to SoVi from Hunt Hall as well as its dining options.

“It’s definitely not the same [as Crown Commons]. The food at Crown seemed more like traditional cafeteria food; the food here is more like something you could get at a restaurant,” said Stowe. “The Den is nice too… it adds that extra variety. So you can get pretty much whatever you want here.”

The Den is a diner spinoff of Denny’s, offering the usual diner options like burgers and sandwiches. The Den is upon until 2 a.m. on most nights and is sure to create a more convenient dining experience for students. SoVi2go and SoVi Market + Bakery are additional dining options with ready-to-eat foods such as soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.

The upper floor of South Village Crossing boasts a large lounge area where students can relax with friends or study, complete with indoor and outdoor seating. The large space has TVs and two fireplaces. There are also study rooms available for use.

Can you match a pitch? The Finer Niners can

The “Finer Niners” a Cappella group recently became an organization at UNC Charlotte in August, 2014. They are a competitive singing group. President and founder, Carrie Nowell created the group in fall 2013, when she first arrived at UNC Charlotte. Nowell has a background in a Cappella singing and wanted to create a true a Cappella group on campus.

“Every other UNC school has an a Cappella group…I just feel like its necessary to have one.” Nowell said. Nowell thinks it’s important to grow the 49er community and said it’s important to “[give] your school something you’re proud of, that they will love.”

The Finer Niners sing mostly contemporary pop from within the last ten years. Recently, the Finer Niners decided to become a competitive group. This decision came with the downsizing of the group and the creation of the Pitch Axes, another a Cappella group that is non competitive.

The Pitch Axes are a group for students who are looking for a fun, non-competitive singing group to participate in on campus. There is no set date for auditions yet, but they should occur around the beginning of next semester.

The Finer Niners wanted to downsize to focus more intentionally on strengthening their singers’ abilities. They are hoping to begin competing in competitions, possibly as early as next semester. They will also be opening for the group a Cappella group “Six Appeal” at a concert next semester that is being sponsored by the Campus Activities Board (CAB).

Students who are interested in auditioning for the Finer Niners should be sure to catch them at the spring student org showcase. They can also be followed on their facebook page, The Finer Niners. Club president Carrie Nowell can be contacted at cnowell1@uncc.edu. For more information on joining the Pitch Axes, contact Elora Dash at edash1@uncc.edu.

Donations from Levines spur planning for new residence hall

A donation from Leon and Sandra Levine through their foundation of $13 million was recently made to the Levine Scholars program at UNC Charlotte. This large donation  from the Levines will be used for the extension of the Levine Scholars program in coming years.

Currently, the Levine Scholars program supports around 15 new students annually, providing recipients with scholarships covering tuition and housing costs, program related summer excursions, grants for service projects and it also provides scholars with the opportunities to develop as future leaders. Through the Levine’s gift, the program hopes to add five additional scholars per year to the number that are currently accepted each year.

The extension of the scholars program comes with much gratitude from those who oversee the program. “We really want to focus on celebrating the support and thanking the Levines for investing in UNC Charlotte … the fact that they chose [to donate to] the scholars program, we think, is great,” said Dr. Diane Zablotsky, Director of the Levine Scholars program.  Zablotsky says she is excited that the program will be able to continue on in supporting additional students each year.

Gratitude for the grant has also been expressed by UNC Charlotte Chancellor Dr. Phil Dubois. “The Levines’ generosity, as expressed in the Levine Scholars Program, has had a clear and immediate impact on our campus and will pay, through the achievements of our graduates, important dividends to our city and region for years to come,” said Dubois in an earlier statement.

In light of the gift, the university plans to dedicate a new residence hall in honor of the Levines for their generosity to UNC Charlotte. Construction of the residence hall is planned to begin next semester. The new residence hall will have space for the offices of the Levine Scholars program and also the University Honors Program. The new residence hall will be located near Sanford and Moore Halls.

The new residence hall will house many of the Levine scholars and students in the Honor’s Program. The residence hall will house 425 students and will have study areas, event space and even a small hotel space to accommodate traveling instructors. The completion date of this project is set for summer 2016.

For more information on the Levine Scholars Program, visit www.levinescholars.uncc.edu.

$49,049 raised at dance marathon

From 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, until 7 a.m. the following day, UNC Charlotte had its second annual dance marathon.

The event, titled Charlotte Dance Marathon, is a charity fundraising program to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital.

Last year the event was called the Dance Mine, but has been changed this year to the Charlotte Dance Marathon to tie in with the national Dance Marathon movement.

The event is filled with a variety of events and dancing. This year, participants had the opportunity to take a swing dance lesson taught by a team of professional swing dancers. Participants were also able to take part in a Jazzercise exercise lesson, which is similar to the popular dance exercise Zumba. There was also a bounce house, food and many other activities throughout the night.

Organizers were very excited for the long awaited event and to finally see how much was raised for the Levine Children’s Hospital over the past year, since the last dance marathon.

Kelsey Mongeau was one of the organizers of the event. “The great thing is that 100 percent of the proceeds go straight to the Levine Children’s Hospital, all money raised goes to support the continued health of the families,” Mongeau said.

According to Mongeau, another goal of the event is to “bridge the gap between students and the community.”

The dance marathon is one way organizers try to get UNC Charlotte more involved in supporting the community.

Organizers also hope to foster the relationship between UNC Charlotte and the Levine Children’s Hospital in other ways too, like bringing in student artists and athletes to spend time with children at the hospital.

Last year, the dance marathon raised a total of $35,066 for the Levine Children’s Hospital. This year, the total reached up to $49,049.

For more information about the Charlotte Dance Marathon, or to make a donation, visit their website at http://www.charlottedm.org/.

Photos by Christina Harris and Jared Cline.

Campus food pantry aids students in need

Inside the food pantry located in Colvard 3135. Photo by Christina Harris
Inside the food pantry located in Colvard 3135. Photo by Christina Harris

Recent initiatives begun by the Department of Student Affairs and the Department of Academic Affairs have led to the creation of an on campus student food pantry. The food pantry stands to serve a growing number of students facing chronic hunger.

“There has been a growing demand of the student body in need of food…both graduates and undergraduates,” said Sean Langley, one of the university officials who helped start the program.

According to Langley, the problem started with an increasing number of undergraduate students living off campus who did not have regular access to nutritious food. After a while, organizers noticed this need also went to include a number of graduate students struggling to live on stipends.

To obtain food from the pantry, students must visit the pantry in Colvard 3135 and fill out a food intake form. This short form asks students to provide information about their food assistance needs and they then sign a food insecurity pledge.

“This insures that those who use  the services really do need the services,” said Kim Buch, associate professor of psychology and one of the organizers of the pantry.

“The food pantry has three very specific goals,” said Buch. “To serve UNC Charlotte students with food insecurity, to help educate and raise awareness among the campus community about issues of food insecurity and to provide on campus service learning opportunities for UNC Charlotte students.”

Another aim of the food pantry is for it to be a program completely ran by students. Many of the students who use the services of the food pantry also volunteer to work in the pantry.

The pantry relies upon community sponsors to keep itself running. Food Lion and Chartwells on campus are two of the current sponsors, and the list is expected to keep growing. Around half a dozen student organizations are also partnering up as they plan canned food drives in the near future to support the food pantry.

The pantry is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., excluding university holidays. Information regarding volunteering can be found on the university’s Orgsync site by searching keywords “volunteer outreach”. For more information on the pantry program, contact Sean Langley at slangley@uncc.edu.

Charlotte bonds to include University City projects this election

Charlotte voters will have the chance to approve city bonds to fund various projects around the city of Charlotte this election. Several of these bonds fund projects that will directly affect the University City area.

City bonds are on the ballot for voters generally every two years. Beginning with the bonds in this cycle and running through the next four bond cycles, a plan to fund community investment has been developed.

According to Darlene Heater, executive director of University City Partners, there are three main projects in the bonds that will affect the university area. The first project will fund two new bridges over I-85. The north bridge will connect the Shoppes at University Place to University Research Park. The south bridge will connect The Belgate shopping area (where Ikea is located) to several large businesses on IBM Drive.

“[The construction of the bridges] will serve to alleviate traffic volume on both Harris Blvd. and Mallard Creek Church Road,” said Heater. She also commented that a secondary benefit of the bridges is that they will add future investment to the area.

The second project has been named the Northeastern Corridor Investment project. This project will fund various infrastructure projects in the area, including new bike lanes, sidewalks and roads.

The third project planned for the university area is the Cross Charlotte Trail. This will connect and enhance both the Mallard Creek and Toby Creek Greenways. The ultimate plan for the Cross Charlotte Trail is to link greenways and running trails in York, Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties creating over thirty miles of trails.

In all, the bond packages are worth $145.9 million. Bonds for Prosperity Village, a neighborhood bordering University City where almost 50 percent of University City workers live, could see $30 million in investments over the next four bond cycles if they are approved.

Heater made a note of several important things for voters to know about the bonds in the upcoming election.

“First, it is important that you vote…Second, know that there is a lot at stake for University City and the area around University City…Third, all projects are in the city budget, therefore no taxes will be raised,” said Heater.

For more information about the bonds in the upcoming election, information can be found at www.voteyesforbonds.com.


New construction inches Light Rail system closer to Campus

Construction of the light rail on campus. Photo by Aleena Oliveira.

A few projects are presently being undertaken that will affect university traffic in the coming months. Two of the projects being completed are construction to North Tryon Street and construction taking place near the Toby Creek Greenway. Both projects are in preparation of the much awaited light rail system that will soon be serving UNC Charlotte.

“Once the UNC Charlotte Main Station opens, members of the campus community will be able to reach UNC Charlotte Center City in approximately 20 minutes, while avoiding traffic congestion and additional parking costs,” said Shelly Theriault Muhl, communications officer with the Department of Facilities Management, in a press release.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is rebuilding two of the bridges on North Tryon Street closest to its intersection with Mallard Creek Church Road. Construction on North Tryon began last Wednesday, Oct. 15. Students and faculty accessing UNC Charlotte on the southbound portion of North Tryon during this time will have noticed that the southbound lane now ends at the intersection with Mallard Creek Church Road.

This portion of North Tryon Street from the intersection will be closed for construction until around May 2015. As the southbound lane is closed, motorists will need to use available detours on Mallard Creek Church Road, West WT Harris Boulevard and I-85. The northbound lane, however, will remain open until the new bridge for the southbound lane is completed.

In light of the road closures, UNC Charlotte commuters are encouraged to adjust their routes and driving schedules accordingly to accommodate for increased traffic.

Patrons who use the 11U bus are notified that the route servicing UNC Charlotte on North Tryon has  been adjusted to accommodate construction. The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) can be contacted for more information on these changes.

The construction of new bridges on North Tryon are part of the preparations for the Light Rail system and its arrival upon UNC Charlotte’s campus. Other construction works are also being undergone to accommodate the light rail. Recently, trees have been removed in front of Miltimore Hall to make way for tracks and the station that will serve UNC Charlotte. This project is being managed by the City of Charlotte Public Transportation Department and is expected to be completed in 2017.

The project to connect the light rail with UNC Charlotte will require a large portion of ground to be elevated to allow for the light rail tracks to be installed. “This will require thousands of truckloads of fill material,” Muhl said.

Muhl also assured that measures to prevent erosion will be taken to reduce the environmental impact of construction.

For further information on these projects, visit inside.uncc.edu.

Center City’s new front lawn

The groundbreaking ceremony for the new First Ward Park in uptown Charlotte took place on Sept. 18.

The First Ward Park project is being undertaken by Levine Properties in cooperation with the county, the city of Charlotte and UNC Charlotte as part of a plan to develop certain areas of uptown Charlotte.

In a deal made with the county, Levine Properties buys a piece of land, develops it, and then has an option to trade it back to the county for another undeveloped block of land in uptown that they then develop with another project.

UNC Charlotte is partnering alongside Levine Properties through the construction, though the university is not handling the project’s construction and funding.

“[UNC Charlotte] is a partner in the sense of being an adjacent property,” said Executive Director of the UNC Charlotte Center City campus, Jerry Coughter. University officials have had opportunities for input in parts of the planning of the park including some of the design features of the park.

The park is a much-awaited amenity for uptown Charlotte, and for the Center City campus.

It is a project nine years in the planning. Construction has already begun and is expected to take around twenty months to complete.

Officials are excited for the completion of the Center City campus “front lawn” as Coughter is calling it.

“[The park] physically connects us to the rest of uptown,” said Coughter.

Officials are hoping that the park will be a good space to host outdoor events and other programming.

UNC Charlotte’s Chancellor, Philip Dubois commented on the project, stating that the park had three major benefits: It will be a great amenity for the Center City campus, the positioning is expected to draw in the community and expose them to more of UNC Charlotte and also the park will serve to “protect our view of uptown” said Dubois.

The park will feature a large green space which Dubois and Coughter both hope UNC Charlotte will use frequently, hosting receptions and other events.

Much like First Ward Park serves as a hub for arts and culture, Dubois commented that he and Daniel Levine of Levine Properties, “hope that First Ward becomes a hub of educational activity.”

With the extension of the Light Rail to UNC Charlotte’s main campus, which is planned to be complete by 2017, the Center City campus will become much more easily accessible to students and professors at the main campus. Officials hope this will further connect the institution with its satellite campus.

UNCC’s AIA travels uptown to deliver goods for homeless

​The Alliance of International Ambassadors on campus sponsors several charity drives throughout the year to benefit the homeless community in Charlotte. Currently, they are collecting donations for their “Bananas (and clothing) for the homeless” charity drive. The organization welcomes students to join them as they hand out donations to the homeless community in uptown Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 26, and also on Thursday, Oct. 2.

​Jasmine Sinkhada, president of the Alliance of International Ambassadors, encourages students to join her organization in distributing the collected goods to the homeless community as it is an excellent way to learn about the struggles of homeless people and to better understand them. “I encourage people to come to distribution, it changed my entire outlook on [homeless people],” she said.

​Through their involvement with the homeless community in this project, the Alliance of International Ambassadors hopes to remove stereotypes and judgment that is often felt towards homeless people – for students to see the people they really are. Sinkhada encourages students to, “remove the lens they have right now, and to look at [the homeless] with a pure heart.” She stressed how homeless individuals are people who are going through pains, and that they deserve to be treated as the human beings that they are.

​Joining the Alliance of International Ambassadors to do distribution, are two community members. One is a former member of the homeless community in Charlotte who leads students around and knows most of the people that students distribute the donations to. The other is a UNC Charlotte graduate who started the organization “Project Change the World.”

​As for the title, “Bananas (and clothing) for the homeless,” Sinkhada simply said she chose that particular fruit for the name because “It represents happiness in a way…[this project] is just a way of making them smile.”

​The Alliance of International Ambassadors also sponsors a coat drive for the homeless in the winter months. To learn more about the organization, the event or how to get involved, contact Sinkhada at jsinkhad@uncc.edu.

UNC Charlotte creates new office to coordinate Title IX law

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.