1. Talk about confidentiality.
Explain your mandatory reporter status the moment you realize a student might be about to discuss sexual assault or harassment. Tell them that you will be required to report their assault or harassment to UofSC Aiken and cannot guarantee them complete confidentiality. Assure the student that the Title IX Officials will do their best to respect their wishes but must consider the safety of other students on campus as well.
If the survivor wants a guarantee of confidentiality, they must seek assistance from the UofSC Aiken Counseling Center or the Student Health Center, and you should discontinue any discussion about the assault/harassment and move to Step #2.
If the student is willing to talk with you about the situation without the guarantee of confidentiality, then move to Step #3.
2. Explain how to receive confidential services.
Explain to the survivor that they may discuss their experience in a free, confidential environment at the UofSC Aiken Counseling Center located in the Student and Educational Support Building, Ste. 107 (803-641-3609) where they can discuss further options for seeking physical or emotional care, reporting the assault or harassment, or receiving further assistance from the community and/or UofSC Aiken.
Offer to walk the survivor to the Counseling Center in person if at all possible. Then call and let the Counseling Center know that you will be arriving with a student.
3. Support the survivor.
Allow him/her to share openly without making judgments or evaluations.
4. Report the assault.
Talk to the survivor about reporting the incident to University Police. Remind the survivor that reporting the assault is not the same as prosecuting the assault. They can contact the police and weigh their options before making a decision about filing a criminal complaint. The police can provide valuable information that might assist the student in making an informed decision.
If the survivor is willing, contact the UofSC Aiken Police Department at 803-648-4011.
If the survivor does not want to call the police, move on to the next step.
5. Seek professional assistance.
Ask the survivor if they would like for you to involve an advocate in the process. Inform the survivor about the services of the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons. Cumbee Center advocates are on call 24/7 to provide support, information, and referrals. Call 803-649-0480 to contact an advocate. After hours, follow the emergency prompt system directions. The advocate will provide support to the student and assist them in sorting through their options.
If the survivor does not want you to call the Cumbee Center, move on to the next step.
6. Recommend medical attention.
Encourage the survivor to seek medical attention. Getting medical attention as soon as possible after an assault is important, whether or not a survivor plans to file a criminal complaint. Medical attention can detect, document, and treat physical injury, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy. Have the student go to the Aiken Regional Medical Center at 302 University Parkway; Aiken Regional can be called at 803-641-5000.
7. Seek emotional support.
Encourage the survivor to seek emotional support and assistance. The survivor can receive free, confidential counseling at the Counseling Center located in B&E 126 (803-641-3609). If possible, walk the student to the Counseling Center after calling the Center to alert them that you will be arriving with a student.
8. Seek judicial support.
Explain to the survivor that the Office of Judicial Affairs can assist with filing a complaint against the alleged assailant, help initiate a “No Contact Order,” arrange interim protective measures (such as room changes, class schedule changes, etc.), and complete an investigation. Make note that involving Judicial Affairs is not the same as filing a police report. The Office of Judicial Affairs is responsible for the judicial process for students alleged to have violated a provision of the Student Code of Conduct. To make a report, contact Kevin Nolan at 803-641-3611.
9. Offer to connect the survivor with services for relocation.
If the survivor does not feel safe in their current residence you can offer to connect them with the following resources for temporary housing:
For on-campus residents, call the Director of Housing at 803-641-3787.
Off-campus female survivors can access an off-campus shelter via the Cumbee Center by calling 803-649-0480.
10. Report the incident to either Title IX Coordinator.
This is a mandatory step that must be completed as quickly as possible!
Provide your name and contact information. In most cases, the Title IX Coordinator or Vice Chancellor can respect requests for anonymity; however, there may be special instances when they are not able to honor a request for anonymity: i.e. a repeat offense by the alleged perpetrator, a very serious allegation, or the need to protect the community from danger.
Director of Human Resources/Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Penland Administration Building, Room 116
Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Inclusivity/Title IX Coordinator for Students
Student Activities Center, Room 159
UofSC Aiken Counseling Center
Student and Educational Support Building, Suite 107
Call 803-641-3609 for appointments, but walk-ins are accepted.
UofSC Aiken Student Health Center
Student Activites Center, Room 106
Walk-ins are welcome!
Hours: 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday
HR Director/Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator
Human Resources Office, Penland 116B
Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement & Inclusivity/Title IX Coordinator for Students
Student Activities Center, Student Life Office
UofSC Aiken Judicial Affairs
Student Activities Center, Student Life Office
Aiken Regional Medical Center
302 University Parkway, Aiken SC 29801
803-648-4011 from off-campus or cell phone
6111 from UofSC Aiken phones
Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week