Title IX, applicable state laws and University of South Carolina EOP Policies 1.01, 1.02, 1.03, 1.04, STAF 1.08, 1.09 and 6.24 prohibit unlawful harassment and discrimination. It is illegal and a violation of University policy to harass or discriminate against any individual (faculty, staff, student or visitor) on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender. Sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX includes sexual harassment and criminal sexual conduct. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against an individual who, in good faith, asserts his or her rights under Title IX or other applicable federal and state laws prohibiting illegal discrimination.
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution's programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, the University of South Carolina prohibits discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender and protects employees and students.
Any student or employee who experiences sexual harassment (including criminal sexual conduct) or discrimination on the basis of sex is encouraged to contact Cliff Scott, Director of the University of South Carolina Equal Opportunity Programs, Title IX Coordinator, or the University's Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Carl Wells. The EOP office may be contacted in person at 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 805, Columbia, S.C. 29208, by telephone at (803) 777-3854. Students and employees are also encouraged to contact the USC Police Department to report alleged criminal sexual conduct at (803) 777-4215 or 911.
STAF Policies 1.08 and 1.09 specifically require the following University employees to report incidents of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or harassment to the Title IX Coordinator identified in this brochure: President; Provost; Vice President for Student Affairs; Athletics Director; Deans; Department Chairs; Director of University Housing; Director of Student Conduct; Director of Equal Opportunity Programs; Director of Law Enforcement & Safety.
Additionally, STAF Policy 6.24 requires all university officials who are informed of a complaint by a student, who become aware of a complaint by other means, or who witness an act of discrimination and/or harassment involving students, to report this information to the EOP Office. STAF 6.24 states University officials include: Student Affairs staff, Housing staff, resident mentors, athletic coaches and directors, student organization advisors, Greek Life officials, faculty advisors, faculty and deans, and security staff.
Additional information regarding behaviors which may constitute sexual harassment and other forms of sexual misconduct is available by visiting the USC EOP website at http://www.sc.edu/eop.
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Title IX Coordinator, University of South Carolina, Columbia
Title IX Coordinator, Other Campuses
Letter from the President (PDF)
Student Code Of Conduct
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