Reports and Complaints

Choosing to make a report and deciding how to proceed after making the report can be a process that unfolds over time. Some members of the community are required to report any suspected or known instance of sex-based misconduct. Even in such cases, the University will—to the extent possible—respect an individual's autonomy in making these important decisions and provide support that will assist each individual in determining the best next steps.

Reporting can:

  • Provide safety and support for individuals affected by Sex-Based Misconduct
  • Provide the complainant (the person who experienced the conduct) with resources and information about reporting (i.e. investigation, counseling, etc.)
  • Help create a safer campus community

To report relationship violence, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual violence, please complete our online form

Appalachian has a number of resources available to those who have experienced sexual misconduct. Getting information about the policies, procedures, and your rights and options can help you to make an informed decision about reporting.

One common misconception about the reporting process is that making a report will automatically lead to a hearing and/or disciplinary action. While a report can become a formal complaint—initiated either by the complainant or by Appalachian—not every report becomes a complaint. Information is provided to assist individuals in making informed decisions regarding reporting incidents and seeking support. 

For all questions related to making a report, filing a complaint, or the Title IX assessment, please contact Ellen Grulke, Director of Title IX Compliance/Title IX Coordinator, at or call 828.262.2144, or a case manager in the Office of the Dean of Students, at 828.262.8284.

Reporting Options

There are options to report prohibited conduct. They include:

  1. Report Online
  2. Email
  3. Report by calling 828-262-2144
  4. Report via the Postal Service
  5. Reporting to Law Enforcement
  6. Reporting an Incident Anonymously

Individuals may also choose to not report their experience. 

What Happens After a Report is Made?

Upon receipt of a report of sexual and/or relationship violence, Appalachian has a duty to assess the information and determine appropriate mechanisms for response to address the misconduct and prevent its recurrence.

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Reporting Other Forms of Alleged Misconduct

Individuals may report a crime or suspicious activity without having to provide your name through Watauga County Crime Stoppers. To anonymously report a crime to Crime Stoppers, call 828-268-6959. To submit an anonymous report regarding any alleged misconduct, visit:

To submit an anonymous report to Watauga County Crime Stoppers call: 828.268.6959. For more information visit:

Title IX and Employee Protections

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from sex discrimination in educational programs and/or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. These two federal laws may intersect depending upon the nature of a grievance. In such instances, the Office of Title IX Compliance works collaboratively with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of the Provost to address and resolve matters of prohibited conduct.