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, the MUSC Title IX Coordinator or the Director of the Office of Gender Equity, Dr. Connie Best. The Office of Gender Equity is located at 100 Doughty Street in suite BA225. Dr. Best may be reached 843-792-2945. Students are also encouraged to contact the MUSC Police Department, to report alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, sexual assault, or any other criminal behavior based upon their sex.
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 Equal Opportunity Programs Office 843-792-1072. 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 Medical University's Policy #46 on Anti-Harassment, available at http://academicdepartments.musc.edu/hr/university/policies/policy46.pdf, 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
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