A no contact order is an official university notice from the Office of Student Conduct or the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs restricting two UofSC students, faculty or staff members from initiating contact with each other. A no contact order typically is used to de-escalate a situation and can be initiated by either the person seeking to sever contact or by the student conduct or equal opportunity programs offices.
A no contact order from the Office of Student Conduct restricts student-to-student contact. Any UofSC student can request a no contact order; however both involved parties must be UofSC students.
A no contact order from the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs restricts two students, faculty or staff members from contacting each other.
A no contact order does not carry geographic restrictions. A student, faculty or staff member who is fearful for their safety and the potential for danger if the alleged is within geographic proximity should always apply for a restraining order.
Requests for no contact orders generally come from students. This is important both because it is a service for our students and because both students must abide by it. Behaviors including verbal harassment and threats are violations of a no contact crder and the law and carry additional Student Code of Conduct charges.
How Do I Get a No Contact Order?
Any UofSC student can request a no contact order, however both involved parties must be UofSC students. The student who initiates the request for a no contact order will meet briefly with a staff member in the Office of Student Conduct. In the meeting, the staff member will review the parameters of the no contact order and provide the student with a letter explaining its stipulations. Students are not obligated to tell the staff member the reason for the request for a no contact order as the student may not have decided whether to report an alleged violation or crime.
Students interested in requesting a no contact order may contact the Office of Student Conduct at 803-777-4333. The Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention & Prevention office and UofSC police also are available to help coordinate this option.