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Title IX

Human Resources

Harassment and Discrimination Prevention

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex of students and employees of educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance. USC Aiken does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and in other activities operated by the University and is required by Title IX, and specifically 34 C.F.R. Part 106.9, not to discriminate in such a manner. This extends to employees of and applicants for employment or admission to the University.

Links to information about University policies related to sex discrimination (which includes sexual harassment and sexual assault) are included below. 

To ensure compliance with Title IX, the Chancellor of the University has designated the following as the Title IX Team for USC Aiken:

The Director of Human Resources serves as the Title IX Coordinator for USC Aiken employees. The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

The Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Services has been designated as the Title IX Coordinator for Students. 

Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Carla Hayes, Director of Human Resources

Penland Administration Building, Room 116 (803) 641-3317

Ahmed Samaha, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Student Activities Center, Room 159 
(803) 641-3411

Everyone shares in the individual responsibility and obligation to ensure our campus community is free from any form of illegal discrimination. This includes all students, employees and any other individual on our campus. All individuals are expected and required to report any concerns immediately.

Required Training

Please see the mandatory Fall 2020 Title IX Training Sessions below:

Faculty & Staff Sesssion

Athletic Coaches/Staff Session

Student Session

If you missed the live sessions, you may view them by clicking on the videos above. Once you have viewed the training pertinent to you area, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you have completed it.  Then we will document your completion of the 2020 Title IX training.

Additional Resources

U.S. Department of Education Title IX Information

EOP Policies 

USC Aiken Sexual Assault Policy

What To Do If Someone Reports Sexual Assault Or Harassment To You

Title IX Sexual Harassment, Sexual Misconduct & Interpersonal Violence Protocol Flowchart

Bias Incident Reporting