What Is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (amending the Higher Education Act of 1965) is a federal gender equity law that prohibits discrimination based on gender in education programs and activities that receive federal funding. Sexual harassment, which includes sexual violence and other forms of nonconsensual sexual misconduct, is a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited under this law.
Southern Wesleyan University is fully committed to the Biblical Standard of sexual integrity as defined and practiced by The Wesleyan Church. At no time should any discussion of sexual behaviors be construed as endorsement of inappropriate sexual activity.
What Is Gender Discrimination?
Gender discrimination is defined as unequal treatment of a student based on gender that limits a student’s participation in or receipt of benefits, services, or opportunities in the institution’s programs and/or activities.
University Title IX Coordinator
The Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education requires that every educational institution establish and follow a prompt, thorough and equitable process for addressing allegations of gender discrimination. Colleges and Universities are required to designate one employee to coordinate the institution’s efforts “to comply with and carry out its responsibilities under Title IX.”
If you would like to file a report, or should you have questions related to Title IX, gender discrimination or sexual violence, the Title IX Coordinator for SWU is:
Statement Of Non-Discrimination
Southern Wesleyan University endeavors to create an environment in which all members of the community are treated with the dignity and respect inherent in their position as creatures made in the image of God. Not only is gender discrimination a violation of federal law; it is contrary to principles of Christian conduct. Consequently, it is the policy of Southern Wesleyan University that discrimination against individuals on the basis of gender is unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated. In compliance with Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Southern Wesleyan University does not discriminate in any of its practices, policies, or procedures on the basis of gender.
To review the full Gender Non-Discrimination Policy, click here.
Education And Training
Southern Wesleyan is committed to providing a campus environment that is free of gender discrimination. Therefore, we have partnered with EverFI to deliver their online sexual assault prevention course entitled, HAVEN, to all new students enrolled in a Foundations for Success course (SEMR 2323). In addition, we are finalizing plans to roll out a Haven course for Faculty and Staff. To learn more about Everfi and how we have partnered to improve attitudes, behaviors and knowledge related to gender violence, click here.
Reporting And Support
The primary concern of the University is student safety and students are encouraged to report an incident of sexual violence.
A responsible employee is any employee of an educational institution who has the authority to take action to address sexual violence on campus; who has been given the duty to report incidents of misconduct; or whom a student could reasonably believe has this authority or duty. At Southern Wesleyan University, responsible employees under Title IX are defined as: The Title IX Coordinator, Student Life Office staff, any university administrator, faculty member, residence hall staff (including resident assistants), site coordinator, site assistant or campus safety officer.
Responsible employees are not confidential resources, meaning that if you disclose that you have been a victim of sexual violence or harassment to a responsible employee, he or she is required by law to report the incident, and the parties involved, to the Title IX Coordinator.
Confidential resources do not have to disclose information related to incidents of sexual violence to the Title IX Coordinator. The following confidential resources are available to you.
The Counseling Center provides free professional mental health counseling to students upon request. The Counseling and Health Center is location on the top floor of the Jennings Campus Life Center. To schedule an appointment call 864-644-5131.
The Health Center provides on campus medical care, screenings and testing. All medical services are protected by doctor/patient confidentiality. The Counseling and Health Center is location on the top floor of the Jennings Campus Life Center. To schedule an appointment call 864-644-5131.
Staff members in our Spiritual Life Office that perform pastoral and spiritual counseling are also considered confidential resources. These individuals are Rev. Ken Dill, Rev. Bob Kerstetter, Rev. Gail Kerstetter, and Rev. Dave Tolan. To schedule an appointment with a member of Spiritual Life call 864-644-5432.
Reports of sexual assault should be made as soon as possible to a Campus Safety Officer at 864-508-0107, or in an emergency dial 911 (9-911 if calling from a campus phone). A Campus Safety Officer will assist you in contacting the Central Police Department to file a criminal complaint.
The City of Central of Police can also be contacted directly at 864-639-4020.
University Title IX Office
The Title IX Coordinator, or his designee investigates all complaints regarding gender discrimination, sexual misconduct and sexual violence. To make a complaint to the Title IX Coordinator you can email, stop by the office to make an appointment or call the office. Walk-in appointments are also accepted.
If the Title IX Coordinator is unavailable and you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the Student Life Office at 864-644-5141.
Baptist Easley Hospital
If you have been sexually assaulted, do not shower, eat, drink, comb your hair, use the restroom or change your clothes before going to the emergency room. For all emergency services, our partner is Baptist Easley Hospital. Upon arrival ask for a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
200 Fleetwood Drive
Easley, SC 29640
Pickens County Advocacy Center
The Pickens County Advocacy Center provides free 24 hour, 365 day crisis intervention services to SWU students. A victim advocate will meet you at the hospital as well as assist you with all reporting options. You can contact them by calling the 24/7 hotline at (864) 442-5500.