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Title IX Resources  

Statement of Nondiscrimination
Wofford College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status.

Wofford Community Expectations
Sexual and gender-based misconduct and sexual harassment are forms of discrimination and are prohibited under Wofford's Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. Wofford College strongly urges all members of the campus community to play a role in discouraging, responding to and preventing sexual and gender-based misconduct. The college encourages the community to speak up when an incident occurs and to report report prohibited conduct. The college is committed to eliminating sexual and gender-based misconduct, preventing its recurrence and addressing its effects.

Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and Reporting Options
Any individual who feels that they have been subjected to conducted prohibited in the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy is encouraged to seek assistance and resolution. Wofford’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy provides a variety of ways in which an individual may proceed in cases of sexual or gender-based misconduct so that each individual may choose an avenue for reporting appropriate to their particular situation, whether that be internally through Wofford's facilitated or formal resolution or externally through law enforcement or criminal or civil processes.

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Where can I find Wofford’s policy on sexual and gender-based misconduct?

Right here. Read Wofford's Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. There is also a brochure with a condensed version for easy reference. Download the Sexual Misconduct, Education, Awareness and Resources brochure. We have also partnered with Reach Out to provide a FREE app for both Apple and Android devices with links to resources, contact information, and educational content. Find more information about the Reach Out app.     

What is Title IX?

Title IX refers to Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, which amended the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and provides the following:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” (20 USC 1681).

What conduct is prohibited under the Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy?

Wofford College’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence, sexual exploitation, sexual intimidation, and retaliation. For definitions of prohibited conduct, refer to Exhibit C of the Sexual and Gender-based Misconduct Policy.

How and where can I file a complaint?
Complaints should be filed with the Title IX coordinator or deputy coordinator of the complainant’s choice. The complainant may be a student, faculty member, staff member or visitor to campus. The Title IX coordinator has responsibility for overseeing the college’s compliance with Title IX, including complaints of sexual and gender-based misconduct. All instances of sexual and gender-based misconduct should be reported to the Title IX coordinator or a Title IX deputy coordinator.
 

Title IX Coordinator: Amanda Estabrook
Title IX and ADA Coordinator
Campus Life Building, Second Floor
Wofford College, 429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Telephone: 864‐597‐4047
Email: estabrookar@wofford.edu
 
Title IX Deputy Coordinator: Matthew Hammett
Assistant Dean for Student Involvement
Campus Life Building, Second Floor
Wofford College, 429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Telephone: 864‐597-4048
 
 Title IX Deputy Coordinator: Amy Lancaster
Dean of International Programs
Michael S. Brown Village Center
Wofford College, 429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Telephone: 864-597-4026
Email: lancasterae@wofford.edu

Title IX Deputy Coordinator: Demario Watts
Assistant Dean of Students for Diversity and Leadership Development
Campus Life Building, Second Floor
Wofford College, 429 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Telephone: 864‐597-4066


To report anonymously:

If you wish to report anonymously, you can complete the silent witness form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?WoffordCollege&layout_id=4. (Please note that the college’s ability to investigate and take disciplinary action may be impacted if the report is anonymous).

Are victims/survivors forced to share their experience with the college or pressured to pursue disciplinary action?

No. The victim/survivor of sexual or gender-based misconduct always retains control over who to talk to and what level of information to share. We will never force a victim/survivor to share the details of their experience, but when a report of sexual or gender-based misconduct is shared with a "Responsible Employee" of the college, we have a legal duty to follow up on the report to determine the appropriate response under Title IX. The Title IX coordinator will conduct an initial assessment regarding, among other things, the nature of the report, the safety of the individual and of the broader campus community, and the complainant’s expressed preference for resolution. Students are not pressured to pursue a specific action. In planning any response, the wishes of the complainant are given full consideration. In limited circumstances, the college may need to pursue an investigation and disciplinary proceeding against the wishes of the complainant, but usually only if there is a broader safety risk for the community. A complainant will not be forced to participate in any such investigation or proceeding.

Will people involved in the Title IX process be sensitive to the needs of victims/survivors?

The Title IX staff complete annual training and intentionally work to create a compassionate, sensitive environment to address the issues, offer an unbiased and transparent system for gathering facts, and connect all community members with appropriate support and resources.

What if I am concerned about retaliation?
Wofford’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct Policy strictly prohibits retaliation against any person for filing, supporting, or providing information in good faith in connection with a complaint of sexual misconduct. Retaliation is any adverse action threatened or taken against a person because he or she has filed, supported, or provided information in connection with a complaint of sexual misconduct. This includes direct and indirect intimidation, threats, harassment and other behavior. Any person who feels that he or she has been subjected to retaliation should make a report to the assigned Title IX deputy coordinator or to the Title IX coordinator.

Suggested Actions for Victims of Sexual Assault, Dating Violence or Domestic Violence:

If you have experienced a sexual assault or violence in a dating or intimate relationship, the most important thing you can do is get to a safe place. If you believe you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 911 as soon as possible.

Once you are safe, contact someone you trust to be with you for support. This could be a friend, family member, or someone on campus. SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition has confidential advocates available through a 24-hour crisis line at 800-273-5066.

Medical Care:

No matter what happened, you should consider seeking medical attention as soon as you can—even if you’re not sure whether you want to report the incident. It’s the best way to protect yourself from the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy in connection with a sexual assault. Even if you think you are physically OK, you may have injuries that need treatment. It’s also important to consider having a forensic exam done. This ensures that evidence gets collected in case you decide to report what happened.

Sexual Assault Forensic Exam-Preserve Evidence of the Sexual Violence or Encounter:

You can go to Spartanburg Medical Center or Mary Black Hospital to request a sexual assault forensic exam (often called a “rape kit”) within 72 hours of the assault. Even if you have not decided whether to file charges, it is advisable to have the evidence collection kit completed so that you can better preserve the options of obtaining a protective order and/or filing criminal charges at a later date. If you do not wish to file a report with law enforcement at this time, you may request an anonymous kit with no law enforcement involvement. Spartanburg Medical Center has specially trained sexual assault nurse examiners who perform these kits. The cost of these kits will be paid for from a crime victim fund, and you will not be billed for the kits.

While you might be tempted to try to erase all signs of what happened to you, it’s important to preserve the evidence. If you plan to have a sexual assault forensic exam done, do not do any of the following things until you have gotten medical attention and/or contacted the police:

  • Bathe or shower
  • Use the restroom
  • Eat or drink
  • Change clothes
  • Comb hair
  • Clean up the crime scene
  • Move anything the offender may have touched


Get Counseling and Support:

Coping with the aftermath of a sexual assault or dating or domestic violence can be very difficult—but remember, you’re not alone. Wofford offers counseling services to help you recover. Make it a priority to get the help you need to process what happened to you and recover from the incident.

Consider Reporting the Incident

Deciding whether or not to report an incident isn’t easy. Feel free to take your time with the decision (but consider seeking medical attention to collect evidence immediately). If you decide to report the event, you have several options. You can:

· Report it to campus safety or local law enforcement.
· File a complaint with the Title IX coordinator.
· Report to both law enforcement and the Title IX coordinator.

If you do report the event to the Title IX coordinator, you can ask the Title IX coordinator to help you notify law enforcement. You also can decline to involve the police. 

Campus and Community Resources: 

The below list of campus and community resources was compiled for the use of the entire campus community. Any individuals seeking assistance from campus resources should note that college employees, with the exception of those noted “confidential,” are considered “Responsible Employees.” Individuals who cannot find an appropriate resource below are encouraged to contact the Wellness Center (864-597-4370) or the Title IX coordinator (864-597-4047) for assistance in identifying other options.

Campus Resources


Wofford College’s Title IX coordinator is Amanda Estabrook, whose office is in the Campus Life Building. She may be contacted during business hours Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) by phone at 864-597-4047 or in person in the Campus Life Building. She also can be contacted by email at estabrookar@wofford.edu.

Wofford Department of Campus Safety is located in the Andrews Field House and is available by phone at 864‐597-4911. Wofford Campus Safety officers are available 24/7. Campus Safety also can contact the staff member on call.

Medical Services (confidential) are located in the Wellness Center and are available by phone at 864‐597-4370 or 597-4371. The office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic term.

Student Affairs is located in the Campus Life Building and is available by phone at 864‐597‐4040 or 597-4044. The office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Human Resources is located in the Snyder House and is available by phone at 864‐597-4230. The office is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Counseling Services (confidential) are located in the Wellness Center and are available by phone at 864‐597‐ 4370 or 597-4371. The center is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Office of Financial Aid is located in the Hugh S. Black Building and can be contacted by phone at 864-597-4160. Financial aid is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Office of International Programs is located in the Michael S. Brown Village Center and can be contacted by phone at 864-597-4430. International programs is staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Community Resources

Spartanburg City Police Department can be reached by calling 911 (or, for non‐emergency matters, by calling 864-596-2222). The Spartanburg City Police Department is located at 145 West Broad Street in Spartanburg.

Spartanburg Medical Center is located at 101 East Wood Street in Spartanburg and is available by phone at 864‐560-6000. Spartanburg Medical Center has special sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs) who can collect evidence.

Mary Black Memorial Hospital is located at 1700 Skylyn Drive in Spartanburg. The emergency department can be reached at 864-573-3000.

Emergency Medical Services can be reached at 911.

SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition is located at 236 Union Street in Spartanburg and is available by phone at 864-585-9569. Its crisis hotline is available 24/7 at 800-273-5066. SAFE Homes provides services to people affected by sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking.

South Carolina Legal Services (Spartanburg) provides legal assistance in Spartanburg, including assistance with immigration matters. The office is located at 148 East Main Street in Spartanburg and can be reached at 864-582-0369.
 
South Carolina Victims Assistance Network provides free legal assistance to survivors of sexual assault. They can be reached at 803-750-1200, Option 2, for the Legal Assistance to Victims Program.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support for people in distress. Counselors are available 24/7 at 800-273-8255. Additional information and resources are available at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
 

Preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct: 

The entire campus community plays a role in preventing sexual and gender-based misconduct. Review the resources below and contact the Title IX coordinator, a Title IX deputy coordinator or a staff member in the Wellness Center to further discuss options, resources and programming.

Bystander intervention is proven to be the most effective method for preventing sexual misconduct. Active bystanders step in when they see a concerning situation unfolding. Being an active bystander can be challenging but taking a step to help someone does not always mean directly getting involved. You can request assistance from friends; reach out to someone with authority, such as the Department of Campus Safety; create a distraction; or use other methods, alone or together, to interrupt and abate a situation. Active bystanders should not put themselves in harm’s way; if an individual cannot intervene safely, they should contact Campus Safety immediately. Visit RAINN.org to learn about specific actions you can take to be an active bystander.

• Download the Circle of 6 app. Choose a group of friends to send your location or pre-written messages when you find yourself in a situation where you need help.

• Learning about healthy relationships can help you recognize concerning behaviors in your own relationship or help you recognize concerning aspects of a friend or loved one’s relationship. LoveIsRespect.org provides information about communication, setting boundaries, conflict resolution, and relationship red flags. If you or someone you know is experiencing dating or domestic violence, reach out to a confidential resource in the Wellness Center or Chaplain’s Office, or call SAFE Homes-Rape Crisis Coalition (Spartanburg) for help: (864) 583-9803.

Support friends or loved ones who have experienced sexual or gender-based misconduct. Help them find resources and reporting options, but leave the decisions in their hands.

• Work with the Title IX office or Wellness Center to host a program for your club, team, department, or the campus community as a whole. Topics can include consent, resources and reporting options, healthy relationships, bystander intervention, dating/domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Contact the Title IX coordinator or the Director of the Wellness Center for assistance with ideas and/or planning for an event.
 

Learn More About Title IX: 

You can learn about Title IX and your rights at www.knowyourix.org.