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Purpose of Bias Incident Report Team (BIRT)

While valuing freedom of thought, expression, and diverse viewpoints, UofSC Aiken recognizes that individuals of our campus community may be affected by instances of bias and hate and need assistance. The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is a group of faculty, students, and staff who are committed to creating a proactive response for effected individuals. The BIRT functions to:

  • Support individuals who are targeted by actions of hate or bias.
  • Refer individuals to available campus resources and services.
  • Educate the campus community about the impact of hate and bias.
  • Record and track bias trends and campus climate.
  • Promote initiatives and new ideas that further a welcoming, inclusive, and bias/hate-free campus at UofSC Aiken.

Note: The Bias Incident Response Team is not a judicial/disciplinary body, an investigative team, nor a crisis response team. BIRT serves to assist individuals affected by incidents of bias, and to track and record trends and campus climate.

Definition of Bias Incidents

Bias incidents are acts or behaviors performed knowingly, unconsciously, directly or implicitly that are motivated by the offender’s bias against race, ethnicity, religion, age, creed, language, abilities/disabilities, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region, immigration status, veteran status, and health status. Students, staff, faculty, campus visitors, or university policies/procedures can perpetrate these acts.

While these acts do not necessarily rise to the level of a crime, a violation of state law, university policy, or the Student Code of Conduct, a bias act may contribute to creating an unsafe, negative, or unwelcome environment for the victim; anyone who shares the same social identity as the victim; and/or, community members of the University.

Additionally, bias incidents may also constitute violations of:

As such, reported bias incidents may/will be subject to investigation and arbitration by other university offices and/or governmental entities (e.g., police, EEO, etc).

If there is a threat of harm or other immediate risk to personal safety or property, do not make a report. Call 911 or 803-648-4011 (University Police)

Reporting an Incident

If there is a threat of harm or other immediate risk to personal safety or property, do not make a report. Call 911 or 803-648-4011 (University Police)

Report a Bias Incident Online

If you encounter or suspect incidents of bias at UofSC Aiken, you are encouraged to file a report, which will be reviewed by UofSC Aiken’s Bias Incident Report Team. Reports can be made anonymously.

After a report is filed, the Bias Incident Report Team will review it and determine next steps. These steps may include:

  • Providing/referencing support to the affected individual(s) or community.
  • Forwarding the report to the appropriate office for investigation if necessary.
  • Considering the need for additional educational programming.

BIRT Composition 

The Bias Incident Report Team is comprised of a diverse team of representatives from the following campus entities:

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Student Services on Campus

USC Aiken strives to help students be their best. You will find some of the many services USC Aiken offers below.

Academic Support Courses

There are two classes designed specifically to academically support freshmen. One is titled Strategies for Academic Achievement and the other is titled Emerging Leaders. Both are excellent courses that assist students with the transition issues they face.

Center for Student Achievement

Students can receive free assistance in the development of a meaningful educational plan compatible with their life goals. Students are assigned an advisor based on their choice of academic interest. We require advisement of all degree-seeking students and encourage them to establish a good relationship with their academic advisor.

Career Services Office

A place students go to get free assistance with choosing a career, career planning, experiential learning, and the job search. It is never too early to start the process, so you might want to encourage your visit to this office.

Computer Services

A place for students to go to get their own email account. This will provide you an inexpensive way to stay in touch all year long. We have computer rooms in every academic building. Students have access to our computer rooms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Students spend a great deal of time in our computer labs writing their papers and "chatting" with friends.

Counseling Center

This is the place students should visit to seek free help with any personal issues with which they might be struggling. Homesickness, roommate issues, time management, stress management, study skills, organizing, note-taking, and test-taking skills are just a few of the issues this center tackles. The Coordinator of Disability Services is connected to this center, so students with a learning disability will want to seek help here.

Gregg-Graniteville Library

Our 142,000 book collection; 20,000 microform collection; 1,564 periodical and newspaper collection, and internet access provide excellent resources and research opportunities for students. Hopefully, if you can't find them at home, you'll find them at the Library. 

International Programs

Whether you are the parent of an international student or of a US citizen who wants to participate in an exchange program; internships, study abroad, or international volunteer work; this is the area to explore.

Math Lab

This is the place for students to go if they are having trouble with their Math class. They can get help from either a peer tutor or a faculty member. It is a free service.

International Programs

This office seeks to provide a warm and welcoming environment and support services to international students. Through this office students are encouraged to reach out to others and give back to the community.

Tutoring

Tutoring is available on an individual basis to students experiencing difficulty in a specific area. Students may request this service or be referred by faculty. We do not charge students for tutoring. 

Writing Center

This is the place for students to go if they are having trouble with their writing assignments regardless of the subject. They can get help from either a peer tutor or a faculty member. It's true; this is also a free service. 

USC Aiken Bookstore

The USC Aiken bookstore, the Pacer Shoppe, is is where students go to buy their books and other supplies. Parents can also purchase their Pacer gear, such as hats, shirts, and mugs, from here. 

Student Life & Activities


What can students do with their free time?

We, like you, support studying, but we also know that the college experience is about more than just studying. At USC Aiken, we offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop in other areas. 


Athletics

We compete in NCAA Division II in the Peach Belt Athletic Conference.  We field women's teams in Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross-Country, Dance, Softball, Volleyball, Soccer and Tennis.  We field men's teams in Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Golf, Soccer, and Tennis

Career Services

Career Services would be the place to go for students to get a job on campus. We have two different kinds of work-study jobs. The first is based on your family need, and the other kind is based on the University's need to have a job done. There are plenty of jobs on campus and we encourage students tobegin the on-campus job hunt in early August

DuPont Planetarium

As a part of the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, the DuPont Planetarium is a fun place to visit for an informative show. 

Etherredge Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

From professional cultural events to plays entirely staffed by our own students, the Etherredge Center is the place for students to develop their cultural taste. Students receive a discount for the events held in this center

Intramurals

For students who enjoy a good game of basketball or some other sport; getting involved in the Intramurals Program can give students another healthy free time experience. 

Office of Student Involvement

This is where students go to learn more about how to get involved at USC Aiken. Regardless of the activity, we offer or may even start an organization for a student's interest. Students learn valuable leadership skills that they will take with them for the rest of their lives.  

Student Media

Student Media is comprised of Pacer Times newspaper and Broken Ink literary magazine. If a student has a flair for the creative with the written word, these publications will interest them. 

Student Organizations

If you click here, you will get to see a description of the over 60 organizations that are available for students to join. We encourage students to get involved and become active in at least one organization based on their interests.

The Wellness Center and Natatorium

To keep off the dreaded Freshman Fifteen, we offer many activities for students to challenge themselves physically. Equipment in the Wellness Center includes a variety of Nautilus cardiovascular and weight machines. We also have a Jacuzzi and sauna available. Our indoor, 25-yard, heated swimming pool is the place to go for year-round aquatic exercise. Students can take classes in water aerobics or a variety of swimming classes.

Cost of Attendance

USC Aiken is ranked as the #1 Top Public College in the South by U.S. News and World Report and has an outstanding tradition of providing a quality education with an affordable price.

2019-2020 Cost of Attendance (Per Semester)

Pricing assumes student is an undergraduate, enrolled full-time.

Tuition

Resident (In-State) : $5,199

Nonresident (Out-of-State) : $10,428

Housing
Apartment style, double occupancy
$2,596
Meals
19 meals/week plan/unlimited

$1,377

Books and supplies $540 (average)
All Fees See Tuition and Fees page

Scholarships

USC Aiken offers a wide range of scholarships.  These scholarships are awarded based upon university priorities and various factors are included when considering candidates.

Your admissions application and supporting documentation serve as your scholarship application as well and must be submitted by December 1 of your senior year for priority consideration. The final deadline in order to be considered for university scholarship awards is February 1 of your senior year.

For a comprehensive list of available scholarships, visit Financial Aid.