Pursuant to Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and 34 C.F.R. Part 106, The Medical University of South Carolina's Title IX Coordinator is the designated representative of the Medical University of SC with responsibility for coordinating University Title IX compliance efforts. The responsibilities of this position are critical to the advancement, execution, and monitoring of enterprise-wise efforts to comply with Title IX legislation, regulation, and case law. The Title IX Coordinator is the University agent who is charged with the responsibility to oversee and monitor Title IX related policies and developments; the implementation and oversight of grievance processes and procedures, including notification, investigation and disposition of complaints; provision of educational materials and training for the campus community; conducting and/or coordinating investigations of complaints received pursuant to Title IX; ensuring a fair and neutral process for all parties; and monitoring all other aspects of the University's Title IX compliance.
It is illegal to harass or discriminate against any individual (faculty, staff, student or visitor) on the basis of sex. Specifically, Title IX states no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. Sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual misconduct. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against an individual who, in good faith, asserts his or her rights under Title IX or other applicable federal laws and state laws prohibiting illegal discrimination.
Any student who experiences sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct, sexual assault or sexual violence), harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex is encouraged to contact Dr. Willette Burnham-Williams (email) or by phone at 843-792-6570 the MUSC Title IX Coordinator or the Director of the Office of Gender Equity, Dr. Daniel Smith. The Office of Gender Equity is located at 100 Doughty Street in suite BA225. Dr. Smith may be reached 843-792-2945. Students are also encouraged to contact MUSC's Public Safety department, to report alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, or any other criminal behavior based upon their gender.
Any administrator or supervisor, including a department chair, associate dean, or other administrator, or person in a position with power over a student who receives notice of a student's complaint of alleged prohibited harassment, including sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, or any other criminal behavior based upon sex or discrimination, must immediately contact the MUSC Title IX Coordinator. Failure to immediately report any Title IX matter may result in disciplinary action against any person, (administrators, faculty or staff member) in a position of power over a student. Policies and Procedures for reporting and responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation under Title IX can be found in the faculty policy on Sexual Harassment available at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/genderequity/faculty_policy.htm, and the student policy available at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/genderequity/student_policy.htm
Title IX Complaint Procedures
Please submit this form to report incidents involving alleged violations of MUSC's Sexual Harassment Policy. Students and mandatory reporters wishing to file a report are encouraged to use this form. Completion of this form is not a requirement for reporting sexual harassment.
All MUSC State employees, with the exception of those working in a confidential capacity (e.g. counselors, counselors advocates, medical providers) who learn of suspected instances of discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct, have a responsibility to report the information immediately to the Title IX Coordinator in the Department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Anyone needing immediate services may use any of the following Sexual Assault Services.
Filing a report serves as official notice to the University and authorizes the Title IX key personnel to initiate a preliminary inquiry into the information and allegations contained within the report. To access confidential reporting, advocacy, and referral services victims/survivors may contact the Title IX Coordinator.
Please note that submissions using this form may not be reviewed outside of normal business hours. If there is immediate risk to health or safety, please contact Campus Safety at 843-792-4196.
Title IX Complaint Form Instructions
This form is to be completed by the person alleging discrimination/sexual misconduct or the person referring the complaint (referred to in this document as Party A). The alleged policy violator and potential respondent in this complaint is referred to as Party B. This form is kept as a part of the secured records of the MUSC Title IX Coordinator.
Instructions: The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is committed to ensuring a safe learning environment that supports the dignity of all members of MUSC and does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in any of its education or employment programs and activities in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Completing this form is one method of reporting any alleged conduct directed against a student that may be a violation of Title IX and MUSC's Student Sexual Harassment Policy. Title IX and the Sexual Harassment Policy also prohibit retaliation for reporting sexual misconduct or participating in an investigation of sexual misconduct. Please review the Sexual Harassment Policy before submission of this form.
Any individual (student, faculty or staff) filing a complaint is advised that they may file a complaint online with the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Civil Rights if they are dissatisfied with the results of MUSC’s resolution of their allegations. To file a complaint with HHS OCR go to: https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/filing-with-ocr/index.html
Please contact Dr. Burnham-Williams with questions:
The Medical University of South Carolina's Title IX Coordinator is:
Willette S. Burnham-Williams, Ph.D.
University Chief Diversity
173 Ashley Avenue, Basic Sciences Building (BSB) 104, MSC 502
Charleston, South Carolina 29425
843-792-1072 or 843-792-6570