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Title IX

​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, the faculty policy on Sexual Harassment available at, and the student policy available at

Title IX Complaint Form Insturctions

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 MUSC 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 USG’s Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Title IX and the Sexual Misconduct Policy also prohibit retaliation for reporting sexual misconduct or participating in an investigation of sexual misconduct.  Please review the Sexual Misconduct Policy before submission of this form. 

MUSC Title IX Compliant Form (PDF)

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:

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


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