Title IX - Sexual Assault Follow-up Information
I would like to express my thanks to all faculty and staff members who attended one of the Title IX- Sexual Assault training programs offered this fall and this past month. The role that you play in assisting students who report sexual assaults to you is extremely important.
In response to several questions that arose during the sessions, I am providing information about the policies/federal regulations that dictate that faculty and staff are “responsible employees” who need to report sexual assaults, and information about the cost of services available to those who have been sexually assaulted.
- Attached are three documents that verify that faculty and staff members are required to report sexual assaults. The first is a USC policy on sexual harassment, and the last two are documents disseminated by the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights. Relevant sections are highlighted.
- Our recommended protocol for providing medical attention and/or collecting forensic evidence is to refer the student to Aiken Regional Medical Centers (ARMC). There is no charge for any of the services provided if the person indicates that they have been sexually assaulted; all services and treatment are covered by the State Office for Victim’s Assistance. ARMC employs several SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) nurses who work with the individuals who have been assaulted, providing a sexual assault exam, emergency contraception, STD testing, and any medications necessary. A representative from the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons is also called to provide assistance to the student. Again, all services are provided at no charge to the student.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or Maria Chandler if you have any further questions.
Deb Kladivko, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Services