Sex Offenses

Sex Offenses and Offenders

The FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) edition of the UCR defines a sex offense as 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.

The Clery Act requires WCC to include statements of policy in our annual security report that address sex offenses and access to information on registered sex offenders in the campus community. Statement of policy regarding campus sexual assault program to prevent sex offenses and procedures to follow when a sex offense occurs are referenced in 34 CFR 668.46(b)(11).

Preventing and Responding to Sex Offenses

The College educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through orientations and ACA “College Success” classes. Campus Police offers sexual assault education and information programs to College students and employees upon request. Information and referrals concerning date rape education, risk reduction, and College response is available through the Counseling Services Department. The College is committed to providing a victim with multiple avenues of relief through both the Title IX administrative process and the general criminal prosecutorial process. Students wishing to avoid a criminal process may still find relief through the Title IX process. Students who experience, or have knowledge of, any sex offenses occurring on WCC property, or occurring between WCC students and employees, should report these incidences to the Associate VP for Academic/Student Services at 919.739.6725 or

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. Campus Police strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the assault immediately. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly to Campus Police and/or to a College Counselor. Filing a police report with Campus Police will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:

  • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim;
  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam);
  • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

When a sexual assault victim contacts Campus Police, the Goldsboro Police Department, and/or the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office will be notified as well. A representative from the Counseling Services Department will also be notified. The victim of a sexual assault may choose to make a Student Code of Conduct charge to the Director of Counseling Services, however, without an official law enforcement investigation, proving the charge may be difficult. A College representative from Campus Police or the Counseling Services Department will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Counseling options are available from the Counseling Services Department. Counseling and support services outside the College can be obtained through the Wayne Uplift Resource Center.

College disciplinary proceedings are detailed earlier in this Student Handbook. A student found guilty of sexual misconduct in a criminal proceeding in the State courts could also face College disciplinary actions and may be suspended or expelled from the College. Student victims may request to change their academic situation after an alleged sexual assault if such changes are reasonably available.

Disclosures to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offenses

In a disciplinary proceeding resulting from alleged crimes of violence or non-forcible sex offenses, Wayne Community College’s Director of Counseling shall send a letter explaining the outcome of the investigation to the complainant once the matter is investigated and a resolution established.

Sex Offender Registration

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.

It also requires sex offenders already required to register in state to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of North Carolina, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender Registry maintained by the Department of Justice. Searchable registries are found at:

Title IX

Wayne Community College receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education and thus must comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. WCC has designated a “Title IX Coordinator” who is responsible for coordinating the school’s compliance with Title IX. The coordinator’s responsibilities include overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

Title IX Coordinator

Associate VP for Academic/Student Services

Wayne Learning Center, Room 107

(919) 739-6725