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Interpersonal Violence

Implementation Group

With the goal of developing an action plan during the summer, the Implementation Group will take the findings of both the Title IX Task Force Report and Audit and Advisory Services Report and – in consultation with the team at Cozen O’Connor and our university leads across the Title IX enterprise – develop the specific actions and intended outcomes necessary to quickly implement improvements. 

Group Co-Leaders

  • Stacy Fritz, Ph.D., PT – Provost Faculty Fellow and Professor, Arnold School of Public Health
  • Bill Pruitt, Ph.D. – Project Manager, Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Group Members

The Implementation Group is composed of the core members below, and will work with representatives from specific areas across the university.

Core Members

  • Traci Batchelder – Human Resources
  • Mandy Bidinger – Interim Title IX Project Manager
  • Thomas Chandler – Council of Academic Deans
  • Jack Claypoole – Group Coordinator
  • Jennifer Deckert – Faculty Senate
  • Jenna Flake – Undergraduate Student
  • Rushondra James – Staff Senate
  • Kirsten Kennedy – Title IX Task Force Co-Lead
  • Audrey Korsgaard – Title IX Task Force Co-Lead
  • Emily Mathias – Graduate Student
  • Terry Parham – General Counsel
  • Marc Shook – Interim Title IX Coordinator
  • Jeff Stensland – Communications
  • Nathan Strong – Human Resources
  • Carl Wells – Equal Opportunity Programs

Initial Action Items from Interim President Pastides

  • Implement and maintain a system of required training for all faculty, staff and students that improves our community’s awareness of and response to harassment and violence. This training will begin in the fall of 2021 and continue as an annual requirement for every member of the university community.
  • Expedite the selection of the most talented and capable Director of Equal Opportunity Programs (EOP), which is nearing the final phase of interviews.
  • Immediately advertise and begin the hiring process for a permanent Title IX Coordinator for the university. In recent months, we developed a separate position for the Title IX Coordinator in accordance with the heightened importance of this work to the university and we are committed to hiring a permanent individual for this role.
  • Expedite the review, improvement and approval of the policies that guide our work in this area, with particular emphasis on EOP 1.06 (Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence).
  • Continue to collect feedback from the university community through our website or anonymously through the survey provided by Cozen O’Connor. Your input matters, so please share your recommendations about how we can better inform and educate our community about creating a safe campus environment.
  • Provide access to current data and increase campus communications about incidents of sexual assault, harassment and interpersonal violence. From communications campaigns to access to current data, it is important that as a member of our community, you have access to the resources and information you need to care for yourself and your fellow Gamecocks.

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