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Responsible Employee Guidelines

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I. Prohibited Conduct

MUSC is committed to maintaining a safe environment that is supportive of its primary educational mission and free from harassment and discrimination. As a component of that commitment, MUSC strictly prohibits:

  • Sexual Assault (nonconsensual sexual intercourse or nonconsensual sexual contact)
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discriminatory harassment
  • Intimate partner violence (dating and domestic violence)
  • Stalking
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Complicity (attempting to engage in the prohibited conduct or aiding someone else in committing the misconduct)

Retaliation is also a serious violation of University policy and will be treated as another possible instance of harassment or discrimination. It is defined as taking an adverse action against a person because they participated in a protected activity.

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II. Your Duty To Report

All MUSC employees who are not designated as Confidential Resources are expected to report actual or suspected discrimination or harassment immediately to University officials, although there are some limited exceptions.

Responsible Employees are not required to report information disclosed at public awareness events (e.g., “Take Back the Night,” candlelight vigils, protests, “survivor speak-outs,” or other public forums in which students may disclose prohibited conduct) or during an individual’s participation as a subject in an IRB-approved human subjects research protocol.

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III. Reporting Options

You may report an incident of sexual violence, sexual harassment, discriminatory harassment based on sex, intimate partner violence, stalking, or sexual exploitation to the Office of the Title IX Coordinator online, by telephone, email, or in person during regular office hours. If you believe that the incident may constitute criminal activity, you should also contact Public Safety at 843-792-4196 any time.

Responsible Employees may not report anonymously.

Title IX Coordinator
Willette Burnham-Williams, PhD

Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Daniela Sorokko Harris, JD

Campus Address
173 Ashley Avenue
Basic Science Building, Suite 104

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IV. What To Report?

In your report, please identity to the best of your knowledge:

  • Names of the parties: A person who is the subject of a report of Prohibited Conduct or initiates a complaint is designated the “Complainant.” A student against whom such a report or complaint has been made is designated the “Respondent.”
  • Date, time, and location of the incident
  • Description of the incident the more information the better)

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V. What Happens When You Report?

The Complainant will be contacted by email and invited to have an informational meeting with the Title IX Coordinator. The Complainant will receive a written explanation of their rights, options, and resources.

Regardless of whether a formal resolution is pursued, the Title IX Coordinator can facilitate access to resources (e.g., counseling and medical services) and may implement interim measures (e.g., schedule changes and no-contact directives). 

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VI. What Does Not Happen When You Report?

A report of Prohibited Conduct from a Responsible Employee does not (1) trigger contact with the Complainant’s college or parents (if the Complainant is at least 18 years old); (2) initiate an investigation or any other type of resolution; or (3) trigger a report to law enforcement.

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VII. Best Practices If Someone Reports Prohibited Conduct To You

  • Listen carefully. Do not interrupt.
  • Explain that you will protect their privacy to the greatest extent possible but cannot promise confidentiality.
  • Offer non-judgmental support
  • Ask how you can help.
  • Offer to accompany individuals in seeking medical care or counseling, or in contacting the Office of the Title IX Coordinator or the police, but do NOT insist.

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