Reporting

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 sexual violence. 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 sexual misconduct
  • Provide the complainant (the person who experienced the conduct) with options for response (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 Dr. April Baer, Title IX Coordinator at titleix@appstate.edu or call 828.262.2144, or Ellen Grulke, Interpersonal Violence Support & Prevention Coordinator in the Office of the Dean of Students, at grulkeep@appstate.edu or call 828.262.8284.

Reporting Options

There are options to report prohibited conduct. They include:

  1. Reporting to Appalachian
  2. Reporting to Law Enforcement
  3. Reporting an Incident Anonymously

Individuals may also chose to not report their experience. 

Reporting to Appalachian

Individuals who experience sexual or relationship violence are able to report their experience and seek redress and support through Appalachian State University. Click here to learn more about reportscomplaints, and investigations.

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Reporting to Law Enforcement

Individuals who experience sexual or relationship violence are able to report their experience to law enforcement.

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Reporting Anonymously

Individuals may report known incidences of sexual and/or relationship violence to Appalachian and/or University Police anonymously. 

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If You Choose Not to Report

Appalachian supports an individuals right to choose whether to report. If you or someone you know needs information and help facilitating the reporting process, we are here to help. You may also consider seeking out legal guidance to help you better understand your options.

If you DO NOT want to report to Law Enforcement or to Appalachian, those impacted by relationship or sexual violence may still want to seek immediate medical attention. Injuries may not be obvious at first. If you do not want to report the sexual assault you can still request to have a forensic exam to be completed. Please feel encouraged to consult confidential support through OASIS or the Watauga Medical Center for more assistance. 

The Interpersonal Violence Support and Prevention Coordinator or the Title IX Coordinator can speak with you more concerning any of these resources and can assist in submitting documentation for a complaint or filing a report.

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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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.