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 or discrimination. 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.
Sexual Harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other physical, verbal or visual conduct based on sex. Sexual Harassment is indicated when: (1) submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of learning or employment; (2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for evaluating learning or for an employment decision; or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s learning or performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive campus environment. Sexual Assault is any physical contact of a sexual nature up to and including rape, which occurs against a person’s will and/or without a person’s consent.
Sexual Harassment 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 Campus Police and Security 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 Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center. The vice president for Student Development 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 at Piedmont Technical College is facing sexual harassment, he/she should contact the vice president for Student Development in 239A. 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 21-23.
Campus Police and Security will advise a sexual assault victim of their option to file criminal charges with local law enforcement authorities. They will also assist victims with transportation to the nearest designated sexual assault treatment center. The college will provide victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment with counseling and information about victim support services, such as the Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center.
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.
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 regarding sexual assault and both parties have the right to appeal. All procedures are found in the South Carolina Student Code found on pages 16-22 of this Student Handbook.
Piedmont Technical College provides programming to enhance the awareness and prevention of harassment, including sexual assault and sexual harassment. Designated staff members and community experts give presentations and provide resources on request. In addition, pamphlets and brochures are available in the Student Success Center.