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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.

The USC Aiken Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment & Sexual Misconduct can be found here.

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 Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement & Belonging serves as the Title IX Coordinator for USC Aiken Students. 

The Title IX Coordinators are 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.

Questions or concerns may be directed as follows:

Carla Hayes

Director of Human Resources

Penland Administration Building, Room 116


Ahmed Samaha

Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement & Belonging

Student Activities Center, Room 159


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

If you missed the Live Title IX training held in August of 2023, you may view the following video here:  2023 Title IX Video  

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let us know you compelted the training so you get credit for it for 2023.  

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

Bias Incident Reporting