Title IX

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William Peace University is committed to complying with all requirements as set forth by Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 (“Title IX”).

Any and all reporting of sex/gender discrimination, sexual misconduct, confidentiality questions, conduct procedures, and more, should be directed to the WPU Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator by phone, email, mail or in-person.

In addition, questions or concerns regarding William Peace and Title IX may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator. 

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Dr. Ralph poses with a student who popped into his office

Dr. Ralph meets with a student in his office during a weekly “Pop-In” event

Reporting and Resources

If an incident occurs, we strongly encourage you to utilize the resources below to ensure that we can help you to the best of our ability and that you are protecting your health and safety. These include resources for confidential emotional support, safety and medical care, if applicable. It is important to us that you feel supported, safe and protected at WPU.

There are also several resources available on and off campus for submitting a report or complaint of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Below, you will find various resources for submitting a report or complaint as well as a link to submit a report or complaint directly through the website.

  • Non-Confidential Emergency Resources

    • WPU Office of Public Safety: 919.833.2277
    • Raleigh Police Department: 919.996.3335

  • Non-Confidential On-Campus Resources

    • WPU Office of Public Safety: 919.833.2277
    • Bobbie Cole, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: 919.508.2014
    • Kevin Daniels, Deputy Title IX Coordinator: 919.508.2366
    • Rocky Yearwood, Title IX Coordinator: 919.508.2035
    • Ryan Webb, Student Conduct Administrator: 919.508.2112
    • Residence Hall Staff (Area Coordinators & Resident Assistants

  • Confidential On-Campus Resources

    • University Counselors: 919.508.2163
    • Chaplain: 919.508.2049

  • Confidential Off-Campus Resources

    • InterAct, 24-Hour Crisis Line: 919.508.2163
      • Domestic Violence: 919.828.7740 | 866.291.0855 toll-free
      • Sexual Assault: 919.828.3005 | 866.291.0853 toll-free
    • Solace Center: 919.828.3067 | 866.291.0854 toll-free
    • S.A.F.E.: WakeMed (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Center) 919.350.8507
    • Campus Conduct Hotline: 1.866.943.5787
      • CCH provides an avenue to report activity or behavior you may observe or experience on campus that is harmful, unethical, questionable, or causes you or someone else personal injury 24/7
    • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1.800.656.4673
    • Mobile Crisis Team: 1.877.626.772
      • MCT offers free  phone or face-to-face evaluations and support 24/7 by professional clinicians

Meet the Title IX Coordinators

WPU Staff member, Rocky Yearwood.

Interim William Peace Title IX Coordinator
Rocky Yearwood
Vice President of the Office of Finance and Administration
Phone: 919.508.2035
Email: ryearwood@peace.edu

Bobbie Cole, Director of Residence Life and Housing

William Peace Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Bobbie Cole
Director of Residence Life and Housing
Phone: 919.508.2078
Email: BDCole@peace.edu

Alethea Byrd is a staff member at WPU

William Peace Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Alethea Byrd
Head Athletic Trainer/Interim Senior Women’s Administrator
Phone: 919.508.2328
Email: abyrd@peace.edu

File A Report

File a report of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

File a Report

A Letter from Our President

Dear Students & Prospective Students:

I am writing about an important matter and hope you will review this carefully.

We each play a critical role in preventing and responding to harassment and violence, including but not limited to sexual harassment and violence. The faculty and staff of William Peace University are committed to building and preserving a community in which everyone can work and study together, free from all forms of exploitation, intimidation, discrimination, harassment, and violence.

The University does not tolerate any form of sexual discrimination; such behavior is prohibited by law and by William Peace University. We believe that education is the most effective way to create a healthy, respectful learning environment, and that is why we are offering you this important and valuable interactive training program.

I encourage you to view, as well as download, the Title IX document on this page. Thank you for taking the time to become informed about these important issues.

Brian Sig Black

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D.
President, William Peace University

Download the WPU Title IX Policy

Dr. Brian Ralph, President of William Peace University and WPU Students.

Dr. Ralph meets and greets with students on his first day in office in 2015