Title lX letter to Campus Oct 2016
The University of South Carolina Aiken is committed to creating and maintaining an excellent educational experience. A high quality learning environment, character, citizenship, and collegiality are among the core values USC Aiken aspires to. We respect the dignity and worth of all persons, and support federal and state civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Everyone on campus shares in the individual responsibility and obligation to ensure our campus community is free from any form of illegal discrimination.
In support of these efforts, it is important to note that all faculty and staff are required by the federal government to report any information they receive about possible sexual assaults or sexual violence to USCA’s Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. The University’s Title IX coordinators and contact information are shared below, along with helpful links. Of particular importance is the link, “What to do if someone Reports Sexual Assault or Harassment to You” which is a checklist of steps you should follow in these situations. In addition, USCA has adopted the following guidelines for Title IX Training.
1. All new employees need to attend Title IX Training following their hire. New employees who were unable to attend the recent Title IX training are required to complete the online training at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqdPbhcJJrs. Once you complete the training, please fill out a quick form verifying your completion at http://www.usca.edu/intranet/facultystaff/title-ix-training.dot.
2. All continuing faculty and staff will complete Title IX Training every two years. Since baseline training was provided to faculty and staff in fall of 2015, the next round of training will take place in fall of 2017.
3. Select departments, those who have intensive Title IX support roles, will complete Title IX Training every year, based on the recommendation of their senior administrator.
I am appreciative of your support and full compliance with University policies and procedures as we continue to ensure an educational environment that is free of any and all discrimination.
Harassment and Discrimination Prevention
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. USC Aiken does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and in other activities operated by the University and is required by Title IX, and specifically 34 C.F.R. Part 106.9, not to discriminate in such a manner. This extends to employees of and applicants for employment or admission to the University. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual assault, stalking, and relationship violence, is a form of sexual discrimination.
Ms. Maria Chandler serves as the Title IX Coordinator for USC Aiken. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any problems that arise during the review of such complaints.
*Ms. Chandler’s office is Penland Administration, Room 116A, email@example.com, 803-641- 3317.
Dr. Deb Kladivko has been designated as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator for Students. Dr. Kladivko is also the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Services.
*Dr. Kladivko’s office is Student Activities Center, (SAC), Room 2A, firstname.lastname@example.org, 803-641- 3577.