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Here are some frequently asked questions.

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GVEO stands for Gender Violence Education and Outreach. 

We provide education and outreach programming to address gender violence on campus.

We are currently housed in the Wellness Center.

Gender violence is an umbrella term for any harm perpetrated against a person’s will, resulting from power inequalities based on gender roles. It can take on many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, sexual coercion, stalking, etc.

Gender-based violence can affect anyone, across all cultures and identities.  

We have a core curriculum focused on bystander intervention, consent education, healthy relationships, sexual health and more. We also work with student organizations to develop individual programs unique to those groups' needs. Learn more here! (link to “programs” page) 


Confidential: Resources designated as confidential will not report any information disclosed during conversations. Except in rare, extreme circumstances, nothing will be shared without the permission of the student. This allows survivors to share their experience without reporting to authorities, if that is their choice. CAPS, GV Intervention Coordinator, Clergy, Ombudsperson, and Student Health are considered Confidential. 

Non-Confidential: Non-confidential resources, or responsible employees, have a responsibility to report incidents of sexual assault and other types of sexual misconduct. If not listed under the confidential resource list above, they are considered non-confidential at Duke University.   

Students accused of gender violence, either informally or through an official report, are encouraged to get their own support. CAPS and the GVI Coordinator offer confidential counseling and support for students accused of gender violence or who self-identify about behavior they want to change.

If a student is a respondent in a disciplinary case being investigated by the Title IX Coordinator, they will have the same rights and protections as the complainant. This includes the right to be treated with respect, dignity, sensitivity, and fairness throughout the entire process. The GVI Coordinator can work with students to make sure they have a clear sense of their rights and responsibilities. 

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or athletics, sexual harassment, which includes gender-based violence and retaliation for filing a complaint or speaking up about rights that fall under Title IX. Under Title IX, schools MUST promptly and equitably investigate sexual assault and harassment or risk their federal funding. 

GVEO's goal is to mitigate gender violence on Duke's Campus through education and the development of pro-social relationships.

The Tile IX Coordinator represents the Office for Institutional Equity (OIE) and they work to promptly and equitably investigate sexual assault and harassment, supporting students during the process.

To put simply, GVEO focuses on prevention while the Title IX Coordinator focuses on intervention through reporting measures. 

Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex includes sexual harassment which is defined as conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following: 

  1. Quid pro quo: An employee of Duke conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the institution on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct. 
  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 the school’s education program or activity. 
  3. Sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking as defined in other federal laws (Clery Act and VAWA). 

You can find more information about Title IX at the Student Conduct page here.

You can report an incident of gender violence to Duke University at any time, regardless of when the incident took place.

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