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James Raby

James Raby

Director of Marketing and Communication
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803-641-3569

Kati Brayton

Kati Brayton

Graphic Designer
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803-641-2870

Meredith Hawcroft

Meredith Hawcroft

Web Coordinator
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803-641-3152

Phylesha Hiers

Phylesha Hiers

Social Media Specialist
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803-641-3661

Leslie Hull-Ryde

Leslie Hull-Ryde

Director of News and Information
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803-641-3738

Lauren McMurtrie

Lauren McMurtrie

Web Specialist
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803-641-2837

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University of South Carolina Aiken Policy on Freedom of Information Act Requests

The University of South Carolina Aiken (hereinafter USC Aiken or the university) will respond to requests for records in accordance with the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act (hereinafter "FOIA"). (S.C. Code of Laws§ 30-4-10 et seq. as amended) All requests for records must be made in writing and submitted using the university’s FOIA request form.  USC Aiken will notify the requester as to the public availability of the requested records and if records are produced, they will be produced in accordance with SC Code of Laws§ 30-4-30 (C). Records or portions of records not considered public under FOIA and/or any other applicable law will be withheld and/or redacted.

FOIA Request Form

For more information about what types of documents the university can release, read the SC Freedom of Information Act.

Once you've made a request, the university will send you an acknowledgement of your request within 10 business days, unless the requested documents are older than 24 months. In that case, the university will send an initial response within 20 business days. This response will include whether the university has the documents you've requested, and any fees associated with their retrieval. 

USC Aiken will charge for the search, retrieval and redaction of records (see SCCode of Laws §30-4-30 (B)) based on the following fee schedule:

FOIA Fee Schedule

An individual or organization making a request can expect to be charged the total expense incurred for searching and retrieving records, redacting records, computer usage, and making copies of the requested information, as applicable. The fee will include the per hour cost of the individual or individuals searching for, retrieving, redacting, and making copies of records, as indicated in the fee schedule below.

The university will require a deposit of 25 percent of the total expected costs before retrieval. Fees can be paid using a check made payable to the University of South Carolina Aiken.

  1. Electronic records – The university will charge the number of hours required to search for and retrieve electronic records at $25.00/ per hour.
  2. Email and texts – the university will treat the retrieval of text messages and email communications as separate from other electronic records, given the complexity involved.
  3. Hard copy records – The university will charge the number of hours required to search for and retrieve hard copy records at $30 per hour.
  4. Redaction of records - If any responsive records or portions of responsive records contain information that is not considered public under FOIA and/or any other applicable law, the university will charge the number of hours required to redact the records at the rate of $20 per hour.
  5. Deposit – USC Aiken will require a deposit not to exceed 25% of the total reasonably anticipated cost for reproduction of the requested records before beginning any search for the requested record(s).
  6. Other charges - In some cases there may be additional charges for actual costs incurred to respond to a particular For example, the university will charge for postage/mailing costs if hard copies are requested via mail in addition to the cost incurred to duplicate records. There could be additional costs incurred to search for records if someone with specialized knowledge or skills is required to conduct the search.

Fees Associated with FOIA Requests:

Search and Retrieval of Electronic Records

$25/hour

Search and Retrieval of hard copy records

$30/hour

Redaction of Records

$20/hour

Legal Counsel

$100/hour

Search and Retrieval of Emails/Texts

$40/hour

Printed Copies

$.10/page

Mail Service

Cost of Postage

All FOIA information will be sent as hard copies and be sent a delivery confirmation to the requesting person/entity.

USC Aiken is not required to create an electronic version of a public record when one does not exist in order to fulfill a records request. (SC Code of Laws§ 30-4-30 (A)(2))

SC Family Privacy Protection Act Notice - Please be advised that it is a violation of South Carolina Law to use "personal information" (as defined by S.C. Code of Laws§ 30-2-30(1)) contained in public records obtained from a South Carolina state agency (including the University of South Carolina Aiken) for commercial solicitation directed to any person in the State of South Carolina. (S.C. Code of Laws§ 30-2-50

(A)) See S.C. Code of Laws§ 30-2-50 (D) for fines and/or imprisonment imposed upon conviction for a knowing violation of this law.

Guidelines

  • Slides must advertise university-sponsored events only. No personal events (such as parties or birthdays), sales, or advertisements will be accepted. 

  • Slides must include the following: sponsor, event name, location, date, and time. You may want to also include cost, contact or registration, etc.

  • Allow five (5) business days for posting. 

  • The marketing department has the right to review and approve or deny all slides submitted.

  • Slides may be rejected based on content, language, pictures, images, or references to alcohol.

  • Slides must comply with established university brand standards.

  • Messages that include the copyrighted or trademarked works of others will not be posted without written permission.

  • Slides are displayed for approximately 10 seconds at a time and in rotation with other slides. Fonts should be easy for viewers to read.  Please limit the amount of text, and make the text as large as possible.

  • Please proofread.

Graphics Specifications

  • Dimensions : 4:3 Ratio, 1400 x 1050px

  • File Type : PNG is preferred, but JPG/JPEG, GIF (including animated), and TIFF are also supported.

Slides may be created in Powerpoint, using the Standard (4:3) dimensions. By default, Powerpoint uses Widescreen format; you can change this setting in the Design tab.

Video Specifications

  • Dimensions : 4:3 ratio, at least 1400px x 1050px

  • File Type Supported : MP4

  • Maximum File Size : up to 250MB

  • Recommended Length : 20 seconds or less

Please remove all audio tracks from videos, and add captions for any dialogue that occurs in the video.

Process for Submitting Slides to Marketing

  • Send all slide submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Slide submissions should include the following :

    • The slide as an attachment

    • Specific start and end dates.

    • Location(s) for displaying each slide.  Digital signage is found in the following locations: Penland Administration Building, Sciences Building, Nursing Building, Etherredge Center, Humanities & Social Sciences Building, Gregg-Graniteville Library, Student Activities Center, Business & Education Building, Wellness Center, Children's Center, Pacer Commons, and Pacer Crossings.

The Admissions staff at the University of South Carolina Aiken understands that the college selection process can be overwhelming. Our staff is dedicated and prepared to help you with information about the University and our admissions process.

Your enrollment counselor is your personal contact at USC Aiken. If you have a specific question, please feel free to contact him/her.

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