College Resources

Harassment and Sexual Assault Policy

Piedmont Technical College is committed to maintaining a safe and supportive campus for all faculty, staff and students. The college affirms the principle that individuals have the right to be free from any form of harassment.

Harassment consists of unwelcome conduct, whether Verbal, physical or visual, that is based upon a person's sex, color, race, religion, national origin, age, disability or other protected status. Piedmont Technical College will not tolerate harassing conduct that interferes unreasonably with a student’s educational process; an individual’s work performance; or that creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive campus environment.  Further, Piedmont Technical College does not tolerate acts of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.  Survivors may also explore protective orders or no-contact orders through law enforcement.

Harassment & Sexual Assault Reporting Procedures

If a student is sexually assaulted while at Piedmont Technical College, he/she should not change clothes or bathe before seeking medical attention or reporting the crime.  Immediately contact Public Safety at (864) 941-8000, who will complete an incident report and refer the victim to the emergency room. They will also refer the student to the local County Sheriff’s Department if the student wishes to press charges. The student will also be referred to the “Beyond Abuse”, the local Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center. The Dean of Students will investigate all allegations involving students for appropriate disciplinary follow-up. The Director of Human Resources will investigate all allegations involving faculty, staff or administration.  If a student is facing dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, it should be reported to the Office of Public Safety for appropriate follow-up and reporting, maintaining the confidentiality of the victim at all times.  If a student is facing sexual harassment, he/she should contact the Dean of Students in 239-A. A conference will be held with the student to determine the appropriate action that is required. Students can review the Student Grievance Procedure in this Student Handbook, pages 47-48.

Victim Assistance

Campus Security will advise victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking of their option to file criminal charges with local law enforcement authorities. They will also assist victims with transportation to the nearest designated treatment center. The college will provide victims with counseling and information about victim support services.  The college will grant victims’ requests for reasonable and appropriate alternative accommodations to allay their security and safety concerns.  Possible accommodations may include alternative classes, campus relocation, work reassignments and/or schedule changes.  The victim may choose to exercise the option to file formal disciplinary actions against the alleged assailant under the Student Code and the Student Grievance Procedure.

Definitions

  • Dating Violence (RAIN Network) - any act, attempt, or threat of force by a family member or intimate partner against another family member.

  • Dating Violence (SC Legislation) - violence between person who have or previously had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.  Sexual intimacy is not required.

  • Domestic Violence (RAIN Network) - any act, attempt, or threat of force by a family member or intimate partner against another family member.

  • Domestic Violence (SC Legislation) - physical harm or injury to a person’s own household member; or, offer or attempt to cause physical harm or injury to a person’s own household member with apparent present ability under circumstances reasonably creating fear of imminent peril.

  • Stalking (RAIN Network) - a course of conduct directed at a specific person that involves repeated visual or physical proximity, nonconsensual communication, or verbal, written, or implied threats, or a combination thereof, that would cause a reasonable person fear.  Visit http://www.victimsofcrime.org/our-programs/stalking-resource-center/stalking-laws/criminal-stalking-laws-by-state/south-carolina for more detailed definitions for SC.

  • Consent requires speech or conduct indicating a freely given, un-coerced agreement to engage in sexual contact. Consent may not be inferred from silence or passivity alone, and a current or previous relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent. Consent may be withdrawn at any time prior to a specific sexual act by either person.

    • To be valid, the person giving consent must be physically and mentally able to:

      • Understand the circumstances and implication of the sexual act.

      • Make a reasoned decision concerning the sexual act.

      • Communicate that decision in an unambiguous manner

    • There are a number of factors which may limit or negate a person’s ability to consent to a sexual act.  These include impairment due to the influence of alcohol or drugs (illegal or prescription), a person’s mental or physical impairment of which the other person is aware or should reasonably have been aware, unconsciousness and fear or coercion.

  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault are defined in the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education procedure 3.2-106.2 which can be found on page 50 of the Piedmont Technical College 2014-15 Student Handbook.

Disciplinary Action

Disciplinary actions imposed for sexual assault and sexual harassment offenses vary according to the severity of the conduct and may include expulsion of a student or termination of employment for a faculty or staff member. Due process under established college disciplinary procedures will be accorded all parties.  Both the complainant and the accused have the right to counsel, but solely for offering advice. Both parties will be notified of the resolution of any disciplinary proceedings and both parties have the right to appeal. All procedures are found in the Student Code Procedures for Addressing Alleged Acts of Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment on pages 50-52 of this Student Handbook. 

Campus Contacts 

If you find yourself a victim, or witness to, an act of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, sexual harassment, or sexual assault, you may notify any faculty or staff member or one of the following:

  • Campus Police and Security: 864-941-8000

  • Dean of Students: 864-941-8376

  • Human Resources Director: 864-941-8611

Training & Programs

In order to ensure compliance with Section 304 of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which amends the Clery Act, Piedmont Technical College has included information in its New Student Orientation program to further educate students regarding the definitions of consent, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault and stalking.

In September 2014, three college administrators participated in Title IX training as a part of a larger effort of the South Carolina Technical College System to further educate college faculty and staff of their obligations to report allegations of inappropriate or threatening conduct.  This information will be shared with faculty and staff throughout the school year.

In addition, primary prevention and awareness sessions are conducted throughout the school year to inform faculty and staff of relevant definitions, deliberate programming, strategies and initiatives intended to end dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.  Information pertaining to (and options for) Bystander Intervention will also be shared.

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