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Sexual Misconduct

The Fuqua administration is committed to stepping up our role to end sexual misconduct at Fuqua: We are committed to supporting all students who have experienced sexual misconduct. No student should feel alone and every student should have access to the resources and support they need.We are committed to supporting student and community initiatives to end sexual misconduct. It’s on us. The below guide outlines support and reporting for people who have been sexually assaulted or harassed as well as ways to get involved in ending sexual misconduct.

You are not alone

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.

Duke’s role is to empower students to seek the options that will best support them. You will not lose agency by talking to someone. Additionally, you can bring an emotional support person to any conversations/meetings.

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

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

At Fuqua and Duke, there is a distinction between confidential and non-confidential resources on campus. 

Confidential Resources refer to an office or its personnel that are not allowed to share your personal information with anyone without your express written consent. All of these resources are prohibited from sharing any personal information without your permission except under extreme circumstances.

Non-confidential resources are still private resources. Non-confidential just means they must report the incident to the Office of Student Conduct. However, they will only share with others who need to know in order to assist you. For example, you can request that your name and personal information not be disclosed.

If you are an international student, and have allegations of any policy violation made against you, you should contact Duke Visa Services for assistance.

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

Madeline Dreher is a social work professional and part of Fuqua’s Office of Student Life. She works diligently to create a safe place for students to share, explore resources, and consider next steps.

Madeline is in the Daytime MBA OSL Suite, located at the bottom of the Fox Hole (down the stairs in the Fox Center). She can welcome students on a drop-in basis, by appointment, or by phone (madeline.dreher@duke.edu, 919-660-1932).

As a Duke employee, she will be required to submit a report of the incident to Duke’s Office of Student Conduct. Duke’s Office of Student Conduct will email the student involved asking to meet. In that meeting they will review support options as well as disciplinary options (ranging from an investigation to mediated conversations). You choose what (if anything) you want to participate in. In some cases, if there is an ongoing threat to students, Duke may have to pursue an investigation. However, you cannot be compelled to participate.

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.

Who can I talk to that is a confidential resource if I have been sexually assaulted or harassed? 

If you need to have a confidential conversation, you can have one with the Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention Office at the Women’s Center (GVPI) or CAPS. The email address for GVPI (WCHelp@duke.edu) is monitored by licensed clinical social workers and therapists 24/7. Additionally, if you need to speak to someone after hours, you can dial 919-970-2108 and they will send you the phone number of the person on call.

Additional Information

While we encourage all students to go to Madeline as a starting point, we understand that students may want to talk to someone outside of Fuqua. The following are key resources available at Duke.

Victoria Krebs, Associate Dean of Students Title IX Outreach & Response

200 Crowell, East Campus, victoria.krebs@duke.edu, 919-684-7336

Victoria Krebs works in Duke’s Office of Student Conduct as the Associate Dean of Students for Title IX Outreach & Response. She is the person designated by Duke to respond to complaints of sexual misconduct against students. Dean Krebs will reach out to students with options for reporting and support.

Jayne Grandes, Title IX Coordinator

Jayne Grandes works in Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity as the Assistant Vice President for Title IX Compliance and can help students understand their rights and options. Her office is a great place to find advice, assistance, and education for individuals and groups concerning harassment prevention and sexual misconduct, including handling complaints.

Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Intervention 

If you have experienced gender violence , contact GVPI for confidential support services. Phone: 919-684-3897 (919-970-2108 after hours/emergency). 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

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 WitnessProgram: http://duke.edu/police/reportcrime/silentwitness.php.

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.

Support is customized to the needs of each student. Part of your conversation with Madeline is discussing how Fuqua can best support you. While those specific arrangements will vary, you can always count on Madeline and other offices to be an advocate for you with professors and teammates, to create a safe space for conversation, and to provide resources for your continued support.

Reporting means that you are informing the university of the incident; this enables Duke to track potential repeat incidents or locations to improve their public safety. This also enables Duke to ensure that you have access to all resources and support that you may need.

There are two types of reports:

  1. Self-report: You decide to inform the university of what has happened to you
  2. Reporting on behalf of another: A witness, friend, or employee may report knowledge of an incident occurring

There are two different way to report:

1. Reporting through the Office of Student Conduct.

Upon receiving a report, Duke’s Office of Student Conduct will email the student involved asking to meet. In that meeting, they will review support options as well as disciplinary options (ranging from an investigation to mediated conversations). You choose what (if anything) you want to participate in. In some cases, if there is an ongoing threat to students, Duke may have to pursue an investigation. However, you cannot be compelled to participate.

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.

2. Reporting through Duke Reach.

Duke Reach is a department of Duke’s Dean of Students Office that connects students with resources that can support them. After receiving the report, Duke Reach will email the student to meet with them to explain all available support resources to them (from counseling to academic accommodations).

If you wish to file a report anonymously, you may do so through DukeREACH by clicking here (this will take you to a page with more information).

Please note, you do not have to report to receive support. For example, the Office of Gender Violence, Prevention and Intervention (GVPI) staff in the Women’s Center is a confidential resource that offers counseling that is accessible with or without reporting.

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 

Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment and Related Misconduct

Consensual Relationship Policy

Start with Believing

“I’m so sorry this happened to you” / “Thank you for telling me” / “It took a lot of courage to tell me about this”

It can be extremely difficult for survivors to come forward and share their story. They may feel ashamed, concerned that they won’t be believed, or worried they’ll be blamed. The best thing you can do is to believe them.

Leave Investigating to the experts

Avoid “Who, What, Why” Questions

It’s not your job to investigate or find out all of the details.  It’s not your job to decide whether the other party is guilty.  It’s your job to believe and support this person.

Offer Help and Resources

“What can I do for you?” / “How can I help?” / “Can I look into resources and next steps for you?” / “We can talk to someone together”

Navigating options and resources can be daunting and confusing, especially after being assaulted.  You can offer to explore resources and potential next steps.  Examples of this can include speaking with someone together or speaking with a confidential resource on your friend’s behalf.

Support Their Decisions

“How do I help with what you want?”

Support your friend’s decision and make sure they know they are fully in control.  Avoid “should” phrases and telling them what to do.

Continued Support

“I care about you and am going to check-in, but let me know if it is too much and if I need to back off”

Continue to support your friend by following their lead.  Let them know up front you will be checking in, but you’ll adjust as needed.  Ask what they prefer.

Remember to take care of yourself

You may experience anxiety, stress or confusion if a friend discloses to you.

Confidential and Non-Confidential resources are available to those who have been disclosed to as well.  Contact any of the provided resources (for example, CAPS or Madeline Dreher) to talk.

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 at Fuqua

Gender Equity Working Group (“GEWG”)

The Gender Equity Working Group's mission is to ensure Fuqua is a place where everyone - regardless of gender - has the support they need to thrive. One of the committees is fully dedicated to sexual misconduct.

Association of Women in Business (“AWIB”)

The Association of Women in Business is dedicated to ensuring that Fuqua MBAs are among the next generation of female business leaders and innovators. As the largest club at Fuqua with over 400 members, AWIB plays an integral role in fostering conversation with the broader Duke community regarding the unique challenges that women face. Engage, Support, Advance requires support from both our female and male allies, which include students, faculty, and partners.

Community Engagement – Diversity and Inclusion

The Fuqua School of Business strives to create a more inclusive and welcoming community where diversity is celebrated and every person has a true sense of belonging to Team Fuqua.  We are committed to shaping inclusive business leaders who have IQ, EQ and DQ and have the mindset to bring people together to work toward a common purpose in a world of differences.

Contact: Stephanie Robertson, Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion

Email: stephaniem.robertson@duke.edu

Phone Number: (919) 660-7940

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.

Sexual Harrassment:

Defined as any of the following behaviors (which could have happened in person or by phone, text message, e-mail, or social media):

  • Making sexual advances, gestures, comments, or jokes that were unwelcome to the student
  • Flashing or exposing themselves to the student without their consent
  • Showing or sending the student sexual pictures, photos, or videos that he/she did not want to see
  • Showing or sending sexual photos/videos of the student or spreading sexual rumors about the student that he/she did not want shared
  • Watching or taking photos/videos of the student when he/she was nude or having sex, without their consent.

Sexual Assault:

Any unwanted, nonconsensual sexual contact (“sexual contact that you did not consent to and that you did not want to happen”).

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 Violence:

A particularly severe form of harassment defined as any physical act of a sexual nature based on sex and perpetrated against an individual without consent or when an individual is unable to freely give consent. Physical acts of a sexual nature include, but are not limited to, non-consensual touching or attempted touching of a person’s breasts, buttocks, inner thighs, groin, or genitalia, either directly or indirectly; and/or sexual penetration (however slight) of another person’s oral, anal, or genital opening with any body part or object.

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.It also prohibits misconduct related to protected status discrimination and harassment, specifically, relationship violence and stalking.

Discrimination occurs when an individual or group is subjected to an adverse action based upon a protected status. Discrimination can occur under this Policy in either an employment or an educational context. Discrimination also includes failing to provide reasonable accommodations to a qualified person with a disability or to reasonably accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs or practices, as required by state and federal law.

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 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.