Title IX

Our Belief

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (hereinafter WFBMC or the University) is committed to providing programs, activities, and a safe academic and working environment that is free from sex discrimination (including discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) and sexual misconduct (including sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking).

When students or employees experience acts of sexual misconduct (i.e., sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence), their sense of safety and trust is violated and this can significantly interfere with their success at the University. Our community expects that all interpersonal relationships and interactions – especially those of an intimate nature – are based upon values of mutual respect, dignity, responsibility, open communication, and clear consent.

Sexual misconduct is a violation of the institution’s values and policies and presents a barrier to fulfilling the University’s missions. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated at the University and is expressly prohibited.

Responding to incidents of sexual misconduct can be challenging, whether you are the person harmed or someone trying to help. All of us play a vital role in making our campus a respectful and safe place to learn, work, and live. The University provides assistance and intervention to survivors of sexual misconduct to support their continued progress at the University. The University offers a coordinated response that includes police and Title IX investigations, student conduct process, victim and respondent assistance, and counseling.

The Title IX Office; Student Wellness Services; School of Medicine, Office of Student Affairs; and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies are the primary units that coordinate support services, victim assistance, and referrals for student victims and/or student respondents of sexual misconduct. We recognize that not all victims will want to pursue complaints and therefore the campus provides confidential places for students to receive support.

The University takes all complaints and accusations of sexual misconduct seriously. We welcome your involvement in our mission to foster a campus environment that strives to prevent sexual misconduct and promotes the reporting of sexual misconduct, compassionate responses to survivors of sexual violence, and equitable treatment of complainants and respondents.
The university imposes strict sanctions against those found responsible for sexual misconduct and assists survivors in the pursuit of campus, civil and legal remedies. Retaliation is strictly prohibited in connection with any reports of possible sexual misconduct.


Sexual Offense Prevention and Response Resources

We are here to support you. We want you to know that whatever may have happened it is not your fault. The University has a number of offices that respond to students who have experienced sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking and works closely with community advocacy services. The most important concern is that you get safe, get help and get medical attention.

Medical Attention

Getting medical attention is important for addressing the physical consequences of any type of assault, even if you do not wish to press charges or collect evidence.

If you can, seeking medical attention within 24 hours of a sexual assault is most ideal for medical and preventative treatment. Survivors of sexual or physical assault can have health issues that include: bruising, cuts, abrasions, internal injuries not readily apparent or broken bones. Sexual assault survivors can also have additional health concerns such as: tearing or bruising of the labia, vaginal or anal wall, or urethra; sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and herpes; pregnancy; and HIV.

To seek medical assistance, you can go to a hospital emergency room, clinic or your primary care physician.

[Confidential]  Location Address
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center 1 Medical Center Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27157
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center 3333 Silas Creek Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Forsyth County Health Department 799 N. Highland Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

If you go to the emergency room, you will receive preventative care, treatment, and referrals to follow-up care, and you have the option of evidence collection. For sexual assault, the emergency room charge nurse should contact a medical advocate from Family Services to accompany you through the evidence collection process.

The emergency room will also contact the police. It is your choice whether or not you talk with the police. If you choose to talk with the police they will take information for a police report and this information will be forwarded to the Title IX Coordinator for investigation. 

Campus and Community Resources