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The Fuqua School of Business is committed to providing a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all of its community members. We value individual uniqueness, embrace our varying beliefs and perspectives, and foster a sense of unity which forms the foundation for our Team Fuqua philosophy.

Creating this type of environment speaks to the core purpose of both the Fuqua Honor Code and the Fuqua Community Standard.

If you have been involved in or witnessed an incident within the community, you may report it here. Anyone with a Duke NetID may use this form to report an incident. If you have any problems accessing the form or authenticating your identity, please contact the Office of Student Conduct.  *International students, whether complainants or respondents in reports, should contact Duke Visa Services for further programmatic assistance.

If you wish to file a report anonymously, you may do so through DukeREACH by clicking here.

Listed below are links to the major policies and procedures involving sexual misconduct and gender-based violence at Duke and Fuqua.

Student Sexual Misconduct Policy 
Consensual Relationship Policy


What can I do if I have been sexually assaulted or harrassed?

If you have been the victim of sexual assault or harassment, you may be experiencing a range of emotions that make it difficult to know exactly what to do. It is important to know that you are not alone. Help is available and there are people you can talk to that are supportive and non-judgmental. Seeking help and disclosing to someone can be difficult and scary, but it can also be the first step towards healing.

For more information and resources available here at Duke, please visit the Duke Student Affairs Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response page.


Who can I talk to at Fuqua if I have been assaulted or harassed?

The staff in the Office of Student Life (OSL) are here to provide support to Daytime MBA students in a variety of ways. We can be that safe place for students to come to talk and explore resources and next steps. So, if you find yourself in need of assistance, please come and see us.

The Daytime MBA OSL Suite is located at the bottom of the Fox Hole (down the stairs in the Fox Center). Ruth Tolman can welcome students on a drop-in basis, when available. If you prefer to schedule an appointment, please email her directly. We are here to help!

*Please note that if you tell a Duke employee about a sexual assault, the employee may not be able to treat the conversation as confidential if the employee is considered a mandated reporter.  If you need to have a confidential conversation, you can do so with the Women’s Center or CAPS.

For more information about Duke’s student sexual misconduct policy, please visit the Duke’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures: Duke’s Commitment to Title IX page.


Where can I go for help? What resources are available to me at Duke and beyond?

The OSL is always a good place to start when looking for assistance. So, if you don’t know where to go for something, come to us and we can help you find the right resource! If you do not want to talk to someone at Fuqua, the following are key resources available at Duke.

Duke University Hospital Emergency Room:

If you have been sexually assaulted within the past 120 hours, it is important to get the proper medical evaluation. Duke University Hospital has specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) who can provide medical care, test for STIs and pregnancy, and collect forensic evidence that can later be used in court. Even if you do not think you would like to pursue a criminal case, you can have the evidence collected anonymously so you can decide later whether filing a police report is right for you.

Location: 2301 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27710
Hours: Open 24 hours / 7 days a week
Phone: 888-275-3853

Duke Regional Hospital Emergency Room
Location: 3643 Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27704
Hours: Open 24 hours / 7 days a week
Phone: 919-470-4000

Duke Student Health Center:

Student Health can provide general medical care for students who have been sexually assaulted. Services include testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, prescriptions for STI antibiotics, treatment for injuries, and referrals to campus support services. *Please keep in mind that an examination done at Student Health is NOT admissible in court as evidence that an assault has taken place. If you think you may wish to file a police report at any time, Student Health staff will recommend that you go to Duke University Hospital, where medical evidence can be preserved.

Location: 305 Towerview, next to Penn Pavilion in Campus Center.
Phone: 919-681-9355

Duke Police & Duke Victim Assistance:

To report a crime or to request assistance, please call the Duke Police at (919) 684-2444. For emergencies, call 9-1-1. You can also report concerns anonymously through Duke Police’s Silent Witness Program: http://duke.edu/police/reportcrime/silentwitness.php.

Duke University Women’s Center (DUWC):

If you are a victim-survivor of gender violence (of any gender), contact the DUWC 24/7 at the Women’s Center for confidential support services. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.  Phone: 919-684-3897. Email: WCHelp@duke.eduNEED HELP NOW? Click here for immediate resources or after hours assistance.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS):

CAPS offers a variety of FREE services including brief individual counseling/psychotherapy, consultation, couples and group counseling, assistance with referrals, and more. To get started with services, drop into CAPS from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Regular Office Hours:  Monday; Wednesday; Thursday; Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm/Tuesday: 8:00am – 7:00pm.  Phone: 919-660-1000

Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity (CSGD):

The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity at Duke focuses on supporting students with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space. Email CSGD at csgd@studentaffairs.duke.edu or call 919-684-6607.

International House (IHOUSE):

IHOUSE provides a wide array of outreach and advocacy services to international students across the university. To contact IHOUSE call 919-684-3585.


If I seek help, will my information be kept confidential?

A Confidential Resource refers to an office or its personnel that are not allowed to share your personal information with anyone without your express written consent. However, if you disclose your assault to a non-confidential staff at Duke, they are obligated to file a report with the Office of Student Conduct.

The following entities are confidential resources at Duke:  Women’s Center staff, Student Health staff, campus clergy, Ombudsperson, and CAPS counselors and staff.  All of these resources are prohibited from sharing any personal information without your permission unless someone’s life is in danger, or they are ordered to by a court of law.


How can I prevent sexual assault and violence from happening in our community?

Whether you are a victim, a friend, or a leader in the community, preventing sexual harassment and assault is everyone’s responsibility. We have collected a few resources that we think could be helpful to being an active bystander. There are many more resources available online at these sites and others if you are looking for additional education and training.


Resources here at Duke

Women’s Center – Prevention. Act. Challenge. Teach. (PACT)

PACT is an interactive, student-facilitated training sponsored by the Women’s Center that aims to engage everyone in preventing gender violence on Duke’s campus. PACT Training helps students identify situations of concern, and provides knowledge and tools to encourage safe and successful interventions.

Duke Men’s Project

The Duke Men’s Project aims to create a space of brotherhood fellowship dedicated to interrogating male privilege and patriarchy as it exists in our lives, our campus and our society. Our intention is to rework current narratives of masculinity for a healthier alternative; one that is inclusive, equitable and positive.

DuWell’s It’s Your Move

It’s Your Move, Duke’s bystander intervention training initiative helps trainees reduce barriers that keep individuals from intervening with problem or concerning behaviors. With a focus on taking action, bystander. For more information contact DuWell at 919-681-8421 or duwell@studentaffairs.duke.edu.

Graduate and Professional Student Council (GPSC) Sexual Misconduct Task Force

The Graduate and Professional Student Council has created a sexual misconduct task force. All graduate and professional students are welcome to join and discuss issues and work towards awareness and improvements in this space, particularly focused on needs of graduate and professional students.


Resources outside of Duke


Glossary of Terms

Active Bystander:

An active Bystander is someone who not only witnesses a situation, but takes steps to speak up or step in to keep a situation from escalating or to disrupt a problematic situation.

Discrimination:

Duke prohibits discrimination based on race, color, gender or sex, religion, age, disability, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, veteran status, or gender identity in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

Harassment:

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is serious enough to significantly interfere with an individual’s work, education, living conditions, or participation in university programs and activities. It includes harassment based on age, color, disability, national origin, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion, veteran status, or sexual orientation. It also includes sexual harassment (see Sexual Misconduct, below).  Harassment of any person for any reason is not acceptable at Duke.

Intimate Partner Violence:

Relationship violence also known as “dating violence” or “intimate partner violence”, is a chronic pattern of abuse by one person in an intimate relationship as a means of gaining power and control over the other person. This abusive behavior is frequently a combination of physical, sexual, psychological, emotional and/or economic abuse.

Sexual- or Gender-Based Harassment:

Unwelcome conduct that may include sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, physical, or electronic conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile, intimidating, or abusive environment.

Sexual Assault and Rape:

A form of sexual- or gender-based harassment that involves having or attempting to have sexual contact with another individual without consent.

Sexual Contact:

Intentional touching or penetration of another person’s clothed or unclothed body, including but not limited to the mouth, neck, buttocks, anus, genitalia, or breast, by another with any part of the body or any object in a sexual manner.

Sexual Misconduct:

Sexual misconduct refers to all forms of sexual- or gender-based harassment, sexual or gender violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and sex- or gender-based stalking. All forms of sexual misconduct—whether committed by student, faculty, staff, or others—are prohibited at Duke.

Stalking:

Stalking occurs when an individual repeatedly follows or sends unwanted communication to another placing a person in reasonable fear for his/her safety or causing a reasonable person emotional distress.