The Department of Chemistry affirms the University’s commitment to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment. The department is deeply committed to fostering an environment where every individual has the opportunity to thrive. The UNC policy on prohibited discrimination, harassment, and related misconduct including sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual violence, and stalking can be found here.
Graduate students or postdoctoral scholars that feel uncomfortable in the laboratory or department for any reason are encouraged to act to resolve the situation. A range of resources, including SWELL committee members, is available. These resources can help identify appropriate actions to take.
Discrimination, Harassment, and Related Misconduct
If you have experienced discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, interpersonal violence, or stalking, consider making a report to the University. Reporting provides you with the option of addressing the incident through the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct. Reporting also provides you with the option of taking advantage of protective measures such as academic accommodations, changes to housing, and changes to class or work schedules.
Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Responsibilities
All members of the department should strive to uphold a safe and inclusive community free from harassment and discrimination. Most graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are not required to make a report. If you see something, however, talk to the affected person and consider making a report. The Safe at UNC website has tips on how to support people affected by harassment or discrimination.
Some faculty have the same moral responsibilities as the rest of University community. Information on how faculty can help support UNC’s goal of maintaining and safe and inclusive environment can be found here.
Some faculty are designated Responsible Employees. The University is required to identify Responsible Employees in order to comply with Title IX and the University’s Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct, the Policy. The criteria for who must be designated as a Responsible Employee is outlined in guidance from the federal government, and it includes any employee: who has the authority to take action to redress sexual violence; who has been given the duty of reporting incidents of sexual violence or any other misconduct by students to the Title IX coordinator or other appropriate school designee; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty.
More details on Responsible Employees can be found here and also here.
The Reporting Process
Members of the UNC community have several options for action after misconduct has occurred.
When a report is made to the University, a staffperson from the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office will reach out via email to provide support and assistance. At this point, the affected person will have three choices for moving forward: no further action, voluntary resolution, or an investigation and adjudication. There is no requirement to reply to the EOC email. Legal action will only be pursued on behalf of the affected person in extreme cases.
Regardless of who makes the report EOC staff will only contact the affected person and offer support and explain options. This process is designed to provide support while keeping the affected person in control of the situation.
Report to the University
Fill out the Online form with the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office. Below are specific resources and information about making a report to the university.
For all Members of the Campus Community
Director of Title IX Compliance: Adrianne Allison email@example.com, 919-962-7177
Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-966-3576, 214 W. Cameron Avenue, Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm.
Director: Brandon Washington email@example.com, 919-966-7545
For Graduate Students
Report and Response Coordinators: Ew Quimbaya-Winship, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-843-3878; Rebecca Gibson, email@example.com, 919-445-1578; Kathryn Winn, firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-843-2993
Office of the Dean of Students
Report to Police
In an Emergency – CALL 911
UNC Police: 919-962-8100
Chapel Hill Police: 919-968-2760
Carrboro Police: 919-918-7397
Pursue Court Orders
To talk about court orders and other processes, contact the Report and Response Coordinators, which does involve a report to the university, or the Gender Violence Services Coordinators, a confidential resource that does not involve filing a report to the university.
Report and Response Coordinators:
Ew Quimbaya-Winship: 919-843-3878
Rebecca Gibson: 919-445-1578
Kathryn Winn: 919-843-2993
EOC Office 214 W. Cameron Avenue
Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm
Gender Violence Services Coordinators:
Carolina Women’s Center, 150 South Rd
Cassidy Johnson: 919-962-1343
Holly Lovern: 919-962-7430
Mondays from 1pm – 4pm in Koury Residence Hall
Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement
Thursdays from 3pm – 5pm in the LGBTQ Center
Orange County Rape Crisis Center (OCRCC)
24 Hour Hotline: 866-935-4783
Office Location: 1506 East Franklin St., Suite 200
Office Phone Number: 919-968-4647
OCRCC Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Compass Center for Women and Families
24 Hour Hotline: 919-929-7122
Office Location: 210 Henderson St. Chapel Hill, NC
Office Phone number: 919-968-4610
Compass Center Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm