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Non-Harassment Policy

IT IS AGAINST THE LAW AND UNIVERSITY POLICY TO DISCRIMINATE OR HARASS SOMEONE BECAUSE OF THE PERSON'S SEX.

Specifically, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, other federal and state laws and the University of South Carolina policy prohibit:

  • sex discrimination and sexual harassment of students, faculty, staff and others who use the university’s resources;
  • sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and other types of sexual violence;
  • relationship violence and stalking;
  • retaliation against anyone who complains about receiving such conduct or serves as a witness in cases involving such conduct.

USC Lancaster promotes an environment of nondiscrimination, inclusiveness, and equal opportunity and is dedicated to ensuring students, faculty, staff, and others who use the university’s resources are protected from the type of unlawful conduct described above.

Who To Contact

Students with concerns or questions, or who want to file a complaint about sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault at USC Lancaster should be directed to:

  • Dr. Ron Cox

            476 Hubbard Drive

            Starr Hall Room 126

            Lancaster SC 29720

            803-313-7585

            roncox@mailbox.sc.edu

Faculty, staff or visitors with concerns or questions, or who want to file a complaint about sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault at USC Lancaster should be directed to:

  • Tracey Mobley Chavous

            476 Hubbard Drive

            Hubbard Hall Room 118

            Lancaster SC 29720

            803-313-7152

            tmobley@mailbox.sc.edu

 

To report an incident of sexual assault on weekends or after 5:00 P. M. on weekdays, please call 911 for an immediate response.

You may also leave a voicemail message or send an email to the appropriate person listed above, who will provide a response during regular business hours.

Springs Memorial Hospital or the Lancaster City Police Department may also be contacted.

  • Springs Memorial Hospital

             803-286-1214

             800 W. Meeting Street

             Lancaster SC 29720

  • Lancaster Police Department

             803-283-3313 or 911

             405 E. Arch Street

             Lancaster SC 29720

Reporting      

Anyone who experiences or has knowledge of sex discrimination or sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault or sexual violence) is encouraged to contact the USC Lancaster Title IX Coordinator, Tracey Mobley Chavous, about incidents involving faculty, staff, vendors, contractors, or visitors. Incidents involving students should be reported to the Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Ron Cox.   

Unless you are a confidential resource, any administrator or supervisor, including a department chair, associate dean or other administrator, or any person in a position of authority or power over a student who receives notice of a student's complaint of alleged unlawful sex discrimination or sexual harassment, including any sexual misconduct, such as sexual assault or other sexual violence, must immediately contact the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Dr. Ron Cox.  Failure to immediately report any Title IX incident may result in disciplinary action against any person (administrators, faculty or staff member) in a position of authority or power over a student.

If a student tells you he or she wants to report a sexual assault, unless you are a confidential resource (see below for a definition of who is a confidential resource), you should do the following:

1. Immediately, but politely, stop the student from revealing any additional information to you until you have told the student:

  1. That you are not a confidential resource.
  2. That you cannot keep the information confidential.
  3.  That you must report the incident to the appropriate USC Lancaster official.
  4. That if the student wants the information to remain confidential, you can refer the student to a confidential resource.

2.  Unless you are a confidential resource, you should assume you are a responsible employee and are required to report the sexual assault.

PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION BELOW FOR DUTY TO REPORT CASES INVOLVING STUDENTS

If you hold a valid license in a profession that requires confidentiality, and/or you work in a USC job in which you are designated a confidential resource by the university, you are a confidential resource and are not a mandatory reporter. This means, normally, if a student reports to you that she or he has been sexually assaulted, you must obtain permission of the student before you may reveal the student’s identity. However, generally, in South Carolina, even if you are a confidential resource, if the incident involves suspected abuse of a child (a person under the age of 18) you must report the incident (to South Carolina Department of Social Services or to law enforcement). Please report any incident that involves sex discrimination or sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct, sexual assault, or sexual violence) that you have experienced, witnessed, or has been reported to you. Remember, if a complainant requests anonymity, it is your responsibility to inform her or him that you cannot guarantee her/his anonymity or confidentiality, but you will do your best to honor any such request. If she/he wants a guarantee of confidentiality, she/he should be referred to a confidential resource. Confidential resources are not required to report the complainant’s identity.

 

Some local confidential resources include:

  • MYGroup (Counseling Services)                       

             800-633-3353

  • Catawba Community Mental Health Center   

             800-475-1979 or 803-285-7456

  • Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault                                                                                          

             803-286-5232

  • Springs Memorial Hospital                                                                                                                  

            803-286-1214

Support Services

Counseling Services

  • MyGroup

            800-633-3353

 

  • Catawba Community Mental Health Center

             800-474-1979 or 803-285-7456

             1906 Hwy 521 Bypass South Lancaster SC 29720

 

Medical Services

  • Springs Memorial Hospital

             803-286-1214

             800 W. Meeting Street

             Lancaster SC 29720

 

Law Enforcement

  • Lancaster Police Department

             803-283-3313 or 911

             405 E. Arch Street

             Lancaster SC 29720

 

Professional Support

  • Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault

            803-286-5232

            106 North York Street

            Lancaster SC 29720

 

Relocation Services

  • Safe Passage, Inc.

             803-980-5437

 

  • Women’s Enrichment Center

             803-286-5900 or 803-762-6699

 

  • Battered But Not Broken

             803-385-2290

 Palmetto College