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Department of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Dear MUSC Family,

As we continue our journey to make MUSC a more diverse and inclusive institution, we are clear about one thing. Implicit and explicit bias is one of the most harmful aspects to building an inclusive community. We also know that fear, stress and uncertainty can often bring out the worse behaviors and biases in us all. As we continue to monitor the ever-evolving information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we must not let fear make us lose sight of our values as a community. Xenophobia and discrimination during this crisis can be unbearable for many in our communities, particularly Asian Americans. On behalf of President David Cole and CEO, Pat Cawley, we want to remind you that COVID-19 related fear, mistreatment, discrimination and explicit bias is prohibited conduct at MUSC. These unprofessional behaviors will not be tolerated.

At times like these it is imperative we uphold our values and demonstrate sensitivity and respect as shared community members. Across the nation and the world anti-Asian harassment is being reported. Here at MUSC we have the opportunity to model how a caring community responds during a crisis. We also must understand that this is not limited to the health and safety of an organization’s members but includes community civility as well.

Every member of our community must be free from discrimination and unprofessional behaviors. Anyone who perceives they are being unfairly targeted and mistreated due to their most recent travel abroad or their country of origin should report your concerns right away to:

•Ms. Stephanie Price, Director of Equity, EEO and University Accessibility Services pricstep@musc.edu or •Ms. Stephanie Taylor, MUSC Health Director of Diversity and Inclusion at taylorst@musc.edu or •email diversity@musc.edu

Thank you for your partnership as we make every effort to keep every member of our community healthy and safe during this worldwide challenge.


Willette S. Burnham-Williams, PhD, University Chief Diversity Officer & Title IX Coordinator, MUSC                        

Anton J. MSW, CDM, CSP, Chief Diversity Officer & Executive Director of Community, MUSC Health Innovation, MUSC Health

PS: All patients and all MUSC employees who are symptomatic (respiratory infection, fever, cough, flu-like symptoms) or asymptomatic (and have had a known exposure to COVID-19), should visit MUSC Health virtual urgent care for screening and medical advice from a trained MUSC Health care provider. When you access the virtual urgent care, please use the Chat Function to communicate directly with a provider.

The University Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for the leadership and management of the University’s strategic diversity initiatives and multi-faceted diversity programs. The CDO works directly with the six colleges, research, and support business units to further MUSC’s values, priorities, mission, and vision. The CDO and her staff are responsible for working collaboratively with internal and external community stakeholders including students, faculty, and staff to ensure that organizational priorities and goals pertaining to equity, inclusion, and excellence are institutionalized, sustained, and measured in order to “create an inclusive experience for the lives we touch.”

The University CDO reports to the Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations and serves on the President’s University Leadership Council.

Our physical office location is currently closed consistent with the university directive for nonclinical staff which took effect March 17, 2020. Our team will continue its operations remotely until further notice. If you have any concerns related to harassment, discrimination, or sexual misconduct, please do not come to our office. We will provide our services by telephone and other remote communications technology.

If you experience or witness any form of Prohibited Conduct, please report it either by emailing titleix@musc.edu , diversity@musc.edu or by using the Prohibited Conduct Response Form. Our team will continue to investigate and adjudicate cases in accordance with the Policy on Prohibited Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct.

We are also working with other university offices which provide support services to our community, including CAPS, EAP, Public Safety, and the Office of Student Programs and Student Diversity to ensure remote access to university resources. If you are having difficulty remotely accessing those services, please email us at titleix@musc.edu or diversity@musc.edu.

If you would like to report an incident relating to harassment or discrimination, please contact the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion or complete an online form. This form may be submitted anonymously.

Maintaining Equity in Virtual Learning Environments 

Diversity Training Online Curriculum

Nondiscrimination Anti-Harassment and Equal Opportunity Policy and Procedures

Crime Reporting Policy

Crime Reporting Policy — Appendix A: Crime Definitions and Clery Geography (PDF)

Crime Reporting Policy — Appendix B: Campus Security Authorities (PDF)