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900.2 - Addressing Prohibited Sexual Harassment under Title IX

University Group Policy #900.2

I.    Executive Summary

The University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. The University values safety, diversity, education, and equity and is firmly committed to maintaining a campus environment free from Sexual Harassment. This Policy and associated Procedures are grounded in Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 (“Title IX”) and its implementing regulations. Title IX governs the University’s response to Title IX Sexual Harassment, including Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking, as defined in this Policy. WSSU also prohibits Retaliation under this policy. Such acts violate the essential dignity of our community members and are contrary to our institutional values.

II.  Policy Statement

This Policy prohibits specific forms of Sexual Harassment and Retaliation. Specifically, this Policy prohibits Sexual Harassment, including Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking, as defined in this Policy.

When the University has Actual Knowledge of potential Title IX Sexual Harassment or allegations of Title IX Sexual Harassment, the Title IX Coordinator, in consultation with other administrators, will implement reasonable and appropriate Supportive Measures to restore or preserve equal access to the University’s Educational Program or Activities and to protect the safety of the parties.

When a Formal Complaint under this Policy is filed, as detailed in the related Procedures, the University will initiate a formal process of investigation and adjudication of the alleged Policy violation.

III.    Roles and Responsibilities

Inquiries or concerns about this policy or Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator.

Kayla Rudisel, JD
Title IX Coordinator
O: 123 Blair Hall
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110
P: 336-750-8758 E:


Concerns about the University’s application of laws covered by this Policy may be addressed to the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.

Office for Civil Rights (800) 421-3481

IV.     Applicability

This Policy and associated Procedures protect University Students, Employees, and other persons in the United States from Title IX Sexual Harassment in an Education Program or Activity of the University. This Policy and associated Procedures apply to the conduct of University Students, Employees, and other persons reported to have engaged in conduct that could constitute Title IX Sexual Harassment and Retaliation under this Policy.

This Policy applies to locations, events, or circumstances for which the University exercised substantial control over both the Respondent and the context in which the Title IX Sexual Harassment occurred at the time of the alleged incident. This includes any building owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the University. This Policy applies to conduct that occurs against a person in the United States.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor for Intuitional Integrity

Authority: Chancellor


  • Adopted December 19, 2014
  • Amended March 16, 2018
  • Amended by Chancellor September 18, 2020
  • Amended with Name Change October 24, 2022

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