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.
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 “Beyond Abuse”, the local Sexual Trauma and Counseling Center. The Associate Vice President of Student Affairs 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 Campus Police and Security 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 Associate Vice President of Student Affairs 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.
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.
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.
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:
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.