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 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
- Promotes an environment of nondiscrimination, inclusiveness, and equal opportunity;
- 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.
Students with concerns or questions, or who want to file a complaint about sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual assault at USC Sumter should be directed to:
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 Sumter should be directed to:
To report an incident of sexual assault on weekends or after 5:00 PM 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.
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 Sumter Title IX Coordinator, Marchetta Williams, about incidents involving faculty, staff, vendors, contractors or visitors. Incidents involving students should be reported to the USC Sumter Director of Student Life, Kris Weissmann.
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 USC Sumter. 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:
Immediately, but politely, stop the student from revealing any additional information to you until you have told the student:
That you are not a confidential resource.
That you cannot keep the information confidential.
That you must report the incident to the appropriate USC Union official.
That if the student wants the information to remain confidential, you can refer the student to a confidential resource.
Unless you are a confidential resource, you should assume you are a responsible employee and are required to report the sexual assault.
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.
Counseling and Human Development Center* 803-777-5223
Sexual Trauma Services Crisis Center 24 Hour Hotline* 803-777-5223
Palmetto Health Tuomey*, 129 W. Washington Street, Sumter, SC 29150
Sumter Police Department, 335 N. Lafayette Drive, Sumter, SC 29150
Non-Emergency Number 803-436-2754