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The following resources provide additional information and tools pertaining to Title IX and gender equity.


Title IX enables all members of our community to live, work, play compete, empower, create and learn regardless of gender or sex. NC State recognizes that sex and gender identity diversity are important parts of the academic, working and living environment everywhere our campus reaches.


Terms and Definitions

NC State uses the following definitions related to Title IX and interpersonal violence:

consent – active, enthusiastic agreement communicated through words or actions; the absence of “No” does not equal consent. Consent must be freely given (without fear or coercion) and cannot legally be obtained if an individual is under the age of 16, is incapacitated due to alcohol or other drugs, is unconscious or asleep or has limited mental capacity.

fondling – the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or, not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or because of his/her temporary or permanent mental incapacity.

rape – penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.

relationship violence – including domestic and/or dating violence, relationship violence happens when one person in an intimate relationship uses abuse to maintain power over a partner. Abusive behaviors can be physical or emotional; examples include threats of self-harm or harm to others (e.g., saying “If you leave me I will kill myself”), name calling, belittling, isolation or forcing someone to engage in sexual acts while in a dating or domestic relationship when one of the individuals does not wish to.

sexual assault – any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent; unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

sexual violence – sexual contact without consent; for example, rape, sodomy (oral or anal sex), sexual battery (e.g. grabbing breasts, buttocks, private areas; forcible fondling). One in five women will experience sexual assault or attempted sexual assault during her time in college. One in six men experience sexual violence in their lifetime. In the majority of cases that are reported at NC State, the offender is someone the victim knows; frequently alcohol is involved as a perpetration method.

stalking – causing fear in someone by willfully and repeatedly harassing them. Stalking can occur in many forms. Examples of stalking include but are not limited to waiting outside of one’s class, the gym, grocery store; harassing via social media and text messages. Those experiencing stalking may make changes in their lives in an attempt to avoid the perpetrator. Stalking cases have the potential to escalate quickly, especially if there was a previous perceived relationship.

statutory rape – non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

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NC State offers the following training on Title IX and related topics:

For Students

The “Student Success™ Every Choice Bystander Intervention” program is an online, video-based program aimed at reducing campus sexual assault, dating/domestic violence and stalking by equipping students with realistic, actionable bystander intervention tools. The program is available to all NC State students with viewing by parents also available.

For Faculty and Staff

NC State’s Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and Response (DHPR) training is available both in-person and online. Completion of this training fulfills the training requirement for employees as stated in the NC State Regulation on Discrimination and Harassment Prevention and Response Training (REG 04.25.06). This training is intended for all employees and is not a supervisor-specific approved training program.

The “Student Success™ Not Anymore” program is an online, video-based program for faculty and staff. Individuals designated as NC State responsible employees  are required to complete the “Student Success™ Not Anymore” program to meet their annual training requirement, but all faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to take this training.

For Everyone

See the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity’s in-person workshop offerings.

Get Involved

The following organizations offer campus community members opportunities in the areas of professional and academic development and support for women, gender equity and social justice:

Council on the Status of Women – The NC State Council on the Status of Women is charged with advising the provost on matters related to the professional development and support of all NC State women on and off campus, including faculty, staff and students.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) – The WISE Village provides first and second year women entering into the STEM fields a unique opportunity to live and work with other women in STEM majors taking similar classes and with similar interests.

NC State Women’s Center and The Movement – The Movement is a group of paid, trained peer educators who facilitate workshops on issues of gender equity and social justice. The Movement is a program of the NC State Women’s Center.


The “It’s On Us” campaign works toward a safe environment at NC State free of sexual assault and sexual violence, recognizing that non-consensual sex is sexual assault, identifying situations in which sexual assault may occur, intervening in situations where consent has not or cannot be given and creating an environment in which sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.