Please click on the toggles below to learn your rights under Title IX.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”Title IX is a federal law intended to end sex discrimination in all areas of education. Title IX:

  •  Requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds or financial assistance must prohibit sex discrimination in their education programs and activities.
  •  Applies to sexual harassment and sexual assault. According to the Office for Civil Rights, “sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.”
“Sexual Harassment” means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: (1) an employee of WCC conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct (commonly referred to quid pro quo harassment); (2) unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to WCC’s Education Program or Activity; or (3) Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, or Stalking as those terms are defined under other federal laws, including the Clery Act and the Violence Against Women Act.

When WCC has Actual Knowledge of Sexual Harassment (or allegations thereof) against a person in the United States in its Education Program or Activity, WCC is obligated to respond and to follow Title IX’s specific requirements, which are addressed and incorporated in the Title IX Grievance Procedure.

Promptly upon receiving allegations of Sexual Harassment against a person in the United States in WCC’s Education Program or Activity, the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator will contact the Complainant to discuss the availability of Supportive Measures with or without the filing of a Formal Complaint and to explain to the Complainant the process for filing a Formal Complaint.

Wilkes Community College (WCC), in compliance with and as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and its implementing regulations (“Title IX”) and other civil rights laws, as well as in furtherance of its own values as a higher education institution, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability, age, religion, veteran status, or any other characteristic or status protected by applicable local, state, or federal law in admission, treatment, or access to, or employment in, its programs and activities.

Discrimination and harassment are antithetical to the values and standards of the WCC community; are incompatible with the safe, healthy environment that the WCC community expects and deserves and will not be tolerated. WCC is committed to providing programs, activities, and an education and work environment free from discrimination and harassment. WCC is also committed to fostering a community that promotes prompt reporting and fair and timely resolution of those behaviors.

Inquiries concerning discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex may be referred to WCC’s Title IX Coordinator (for employees) or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for students).  See “How To File A Report” for their contact information.

Inquiries concerning discrimination or harassment based on a protected characteristic or status other than sex may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator (for employees) or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator (for students).

Individuals may also make inquiries regarding discrimination or harassment to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights by contacting the District of Columbia Office, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-1475; Phone 800-421-3481; email:

How to File a Report

Any person (whether or not alleged to be the victim) may report sex discrimination or harassment, including Sexual Harassment, by using the online Title IX Report Form.  Additionally, reports may be filed in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail, using the contact information for the Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinators, or by any other means that results in the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator receiving the person’s verbal or written report. Such a report may be made at any time (including during non-business hours).

In addition to the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators, WCC has designated the following employees as individuals with the authority to institute corrective measures on behalf of WCC: President, Vice Presidents, and Deans. Accordingly, these employees are required to report discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

WCC strongly encourages all employees and other members of the WCC community to promptly report concerns regarding suspected or known discrimination/harassment on the basis of sex to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

Who to Contact Population Served Contact Information
Sherry Cox Title IX Coordinator Faculty and Staff 336-838-6422
Scott Johnson Deputy Title IX Coordinator Curriculum and Workforce Development & Community Education Students 336-838-6141
Debbie Woodard Deputy Title IX Coordinator College Readiness and Workforce Development & Community Education Students 336-903-3231


Confidential resources are available on campus and in the community.

Dr. Lynda Black, LPC
Student Services Office, WCC
Michael Roope, LPC
Student Services Office, WCC
A Safe Home for Everyone (A.S.H.E.)
626 Ashe Central School Rd., Unit 1
Jefferson, NC 28640
Office: 336-982-8851
Crisis: 336-246-5430
D.A.N.A. (Domestic Abuse is Not Acceptable)
Alleghany County Crisis Line: 336-372-DANA (3262)
Toll Free: 866-261-DANA (3262)
OASIS (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information, and Shelter)
225 Birch St.
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: 828-264-1532
Shelter Home of Caldwell County
Caldwell County: 828-758-0888
Alexander County: 828-635-8850

Additional Resource Information

WCC Information

Community/National Information

Title IX Training

All members of the Title IX Team (Title IX Coordinator, Title IX Deputy Coordinators, investigators, hearing officers, appeal officers, and advisors) receive annual training on Title IX. Below are copies of the most recent training manuals.

Pregnancy and Childbirth

Pregnant and parenting students are welcome at Wilkes Community College.

Title IX regulations specifically prohibit discrimination against a student based on pregnancy, childbirth, false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, or recovery from any of these conditions. Absences due to medical conditions related to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student’s doctor and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work.

Students seeking accommodations related to pregnancy or childbirth should complete the Pregnancy & Childbirth Accommodation Request Form. Accommodations will be determined through a cooperative process between the director of disability services and faculty members on a case by case basis to determine reasonable accommodations for a student. WCC may require documentation from a medical professional if an accommodation is medically necessary.

Pregnancy and Childbirth Accommodation Examples:

  • Accessible Parking
  • Access to Nursing Mother Space
  • Class Section Change (e.g., seated to online)
  • Excused Tardiness
  • Excused Absences
  • Excused Leave of Absence
  • Limited Exposure to Potentially Dangerous Substances (e.g., Lab or Clinical)
  • Limited Lifting
  • Limited Standing
  • Separate or Different Table/Chair
  • Restroom Use (e.g., frequency)

For additional information, please contact one of the following individuals.

Contact Population Served Contact Information
Sherry Cox
Title IX Coordinator
Faculty and Staff 336-838-6422
Scott Johnson
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Curriculum Students and Workforce Development & Community Education Students 336-838-6141
Renee Macemore
Director of Disability Services
All Students (College Readiness, Curriculum & Workforce Development & Community 336-838-6560
Debbie Woodard
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
College Readiness and Workforce Development & Community Education Students 336-903-3231

Lactation Rooms

Wilkes Community College supports nursing mothers and provides a lactation room at the following locations.

Campus Location Contact Person to Schedule
Alleghany Center Room WCC 5 (back hall of the Alleghany Center) Sabrina Edwards
Ashe Main Office Angela McCrory
Wilkes Student Services Office (Alumni Hall) Cindy Core

Each room provides an electrical outlet, comfortable chair and nearby access to hot running water.

Guidelines for Use of Lactation Room

  1. Anyone planning to use a lactation room must register with the designated contact person at the applicable location.
  2. Each room is available on a first-come, first-served basis, Monday – Friday, during business hours and as scheduled. The person whose name appears on the schedule at a designated time has priority use of the room at that scheduled time.
  3. It is each person’s responsibility to notify the appropriate person at their location of any schedule changes and/or discontinued use of the room.
  4. Mother’s using the space are responsible for providing personal breast pumps and accessories.
  5. It is the responsibility of everyone using a room to clean up after themselves.

Important Links

WCC Pregnancy & Childbirth—Accommodation Request Form
Working with Pregnant and Parenting Students: Frequently Asked Questions
Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students—US Department of Education

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