NC State strives to create a safe learning environment for all members of our campus community. Student respondents are encouraged to contact CARES: Respondent Services to inquire about support services. A member of CARES: Respondent Services may be able to serve as a support person for the respondent. The CARES: Respondent Services Office is located in the Student Health Center and can be contacted by phone at 919.515.4405 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify that you are a respondent seeking support.
A respondent support person may:
- attend meetings with the respondent, including investigative conversations or interviews;
- accompany the respondent to review documents and materials regarding an investigation, including Preliminary Review;
- assist with requesting academic*, housing, access to dining facilities and interim safety measures;
- provide information and referrals to university and community-based resources for additional support needs;
- provide general support and a safe listening space**.
A respondent support person will:
- treat the respondent with respect, dignity and sensitivity throughout the process;
- refer individuals to confidential resources as needed;
- provide support before, during and after an investigation;
- explain university policy and procedures including supportive, interim and safety measures;
- inform the respondent of campus and community resources;
- explain university processes, including their distinction from criminal procedures;
- inform how to report any retaliation that may occur for their involvement in the investigation.
* A note on academic resources: Respondent Services staff cannot guarantee that academic accommodations will be provided by instructors/faculty.
**A note on privacy: Respondent Services staff assisting a respondent will maintain privacy. Privacy means that information will be shared on a need-to-know basis with appropriate university officials. If a respondent discloses relevant information pertaining to an investigation or a potential NC State policy violation, Respondent Services staff are obligated to report this information to OIED.
A respondent support person cannot do the following:
- serve as an advocate on behalf of a respondent in campus resolution processes including investigations;
- be a confidential resource**;
- provide legal advice;
- Legal advice should be sought through the respondent’s attorney.
- represent, speak on behalf of, provide or submit statements on behalf of parties.
**A note on privacy: Respondent Services staff assisting a respondent will maintain privacy. Privacy means that information will be shared on a need-to-know basis with appropriate university officials. If a respondent discloses relevant information pertaining to an investigation or a potential NC State University policy violation, Respondent Services staff assisting a respondent are obligated to report this information to OIED.
During an investigation, Equal Opportunity and Equity (EOE) is a neutral fact-finder. EOE will ensure that the investigation is compliant and consistent with applicable federal and state laws, and university policies. Additionally, state and federal law, and university policy in particular, forbid retaliation both against persons who file a complaint and those who provide information about complaints.
Retaliation is any adverse action taken against an individual as a result of filing a complaint about discrimination or harassment, participating in a complaint investigation as a third party witness, or exercising a legal right such as obtaining a reasonable accommodation. Should an individual believe they are experiencing retaliation, please contact EOE at email@example.com or 919.513.0574.