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Discrimination and Harassment Policy

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Important Information

Wofford faculty and staff are devoted to creating a welcoming and inclusive college community where everyone can pursue their academic and professional ambitions. Wofford recognizes diversity as a vital component of a high-quality education. It is our commitment to provide students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to embrace differences and learn to appreciate and practice civil discourse that can occur between individuals willing to share experiences and beliefs.

The Discrimination and Harassment policy address incidents of bias. Bias incidents are any action(s) or statement(s) that intimidates, demeans, mocks, degrades, marginalizes, or threatens individuals or groups based on that individual’s or group’s actual or perceived identities. A bias incident can occur whether the act is intentional or unintentional and may or may not be a legal act.The BIRT (Bias Incident Response Team) oversees the process and resolution of all complaints and includes members of the faculty and staff who serve as case coordinators and/or investigators.  

If you or someone you know may have been a victim of discrimination and/or harassment prohibited under this policy, you are strongly encouraged to seek immediate assistance. Assistance can be obtained 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the Wofford College Office of Campus Safety at 864-597-4911 or from a student affairs staff member on call.

During business hours (8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday), you also are encouraged strongly to contact the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) Coordinator:

Demario Watts, He, Him, His
Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Leadership Development
Campus Life Building, Second Floor
Wofford College
429 N. Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Office: 864-597-4066
Email: wattsdl@wofford.edu

Reporting Discrimination and Harassment

Below are the reporting options for individuals who would like to report an incident involving Discrimination and/or Harassment. Individuals who would like to report anonymously can do so through the online reporting form. All complaints are private and only shared with those who are directly involved in the process. Individuals have the option to request the report be used for informational purposes only; however such requests limit the College’s response. Requests that the report be used for informational purposes only will be evaluated by the BIRT Coordinator or their designee to determine if similar incidents have been reported and/or if the incident impacts to the greater campus community. In those instances, the BIRT Coordinator or their designee may determine further steps will need to be taken.

If the BIRT Coordinator is listed as a witness, reporting or the responding party, another member of the BIRT will oversee the case through its resolution.

Reporting Options:

Directions:

Hours:

Online

*Submit a Bias Incident Report.

To report a bias incident online, complete the Bias Incident Reporting Form. The form will be submitted to the BIRT Coordinator.

24 hours for submission

By Phone

To report a bias incident by phone to the BIRT Coordinator at 864-597-4066.

Business hours:

8:30 am- 5:00 pm (M-F)

Please leave a message outside of normal business hours. Your call will be returned at the earliest convenience.

In Person

To report a bias incident report in person: Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Campus Life Building. Second Floor, Office #18.

Business hours:

8:30 am- 5:00 pm (M-F)

 

*In case of an emergency, individuals should call 911 or the Office of Campus Safety at 864-597-4911 for immediate assistance. Campus Safety officers on duty will provide appropriate protection and resources, document the incident, secure the scene (if on campus) and begin an investigation.

Amnesty

The College considers the reporting and adjudication of Discrimination and Harassment cases on campus to be of paramount importance. The College does not condone underage drinking or use of illegal drugs. However, the College will extend amnesty to Complainants, Third‐Party Reporters, and those assisting victims of Discrimination and Harassment from punitive sanctioning for illegal use of drugs and/or alcohol.

Resources

Below are on-campus resources that will report Discrimination or Harassment to the BIRT Coordinator: 

Office

Contact Information

Locations

Campus Safety

 864-597-4911 or 864-597-4350

Andrews Field House

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

 864-597-4066 or odi@wofford.edu

Campus Life Building 2nd Floor

Office of Human Resources

 864-597-4230 or hr@wofford.edu

Snyder House

Office of Residence Life

(including RAs)

 864-597-5100

Campus Life Building 2nd Floor

Office of Title IX

 864-597-4047

Campus Life Building 2nd Floor

Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

 864-597-4901

Olin Building

Office of Student Affairs

 864-597-4040

Campus Life Building 2nd Floor


Confidential Resources:

Anyone who desires anonymity in discussing and seeking assistance about Discrimination and/or Harassment should contact or be referred to one of the resources below:

Office

Contact Information

Locations

Counseling Services

 864-597-4370

(Or) by appointment on visiting: www.wofford.edu/wellnessCenter

Hugh R. Black Wellness Center

Chaplin’s Office

 864-597-4051 or by email at robinsonrr@wofford.edu

Main Building 1st Floor

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