Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion, and Engagement

Equal Opportunity and Title IX

The EO/Title IX Coordinator and the Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion and Engagement are committed to providing an environment free from unlawful discrimination and in accord with our core values of wellness, equity and civility. We can help:

  1. find options to resolve concerns
  2. explain the university's policies prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment
  3. refer victims of discrimination or harassment to other departments for additional support 
  4. advise complainants and respondents of their rights and resources
  5. investigate claims of unlawful discrimination, including sexual assault and harassment.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Faculty and Staff Training

We empower you to be an agent of change on our campus by helping you recognize and report unlawful discrimination and harassment. You’ll find the following link to our mandatory harassment and discrimination training provided for all employees across all the campuses of the University of South Carolina. Learn more about Faculty and Staff Training ...

Title IX Training

Title IX Coordinator One Training
Time with IX: Navigating the Sexual Harrassment Definitions in the K-12 Setting
To Sign or Not to Sign (the Formal Complaint) - That is The Question for Title IX Coordinators
How Diversity and Inclusion Practices Can Guide Trauma-Informed Leadership in Uncertain Times

Make a Report

Unlawful Discrimination

Bias Incident

Anonymous Report

Title IX Reporting


Code of Student Conduct PDF icon

Medical Withdrawal PDF icon

Sexual Violence / Harassment PDF icon

Alcohol and Other Drugs University Policy

Upstate Survivor Resources

If you are a survivor of interpersonal violence, below are some of the many resources available to you.  All responsible employees that receive information regarding incidents of sexual violence are obligated to inform the EO/Title IX Coordinator. Should any survivor of interpersonal violence wish to remain anonymous or maintain strict confidentiality, seek the resources listed as “confidential” below.

(* denotes confidential resource)


  • Emotional Support

    USC Upstate has various resources to support survivors’ emotional well-being.

    Campus Resources:
    USC Upstate Counseling Services
    John M Rampey Jr. Center
    490 Hodge Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303 Map pin icon
    *confidential resource

    External Resources:
    Safe Homes Rape Crisis Coalition
    236 Union St., Spartanburg, SC 29302 Map pin icon
    (24 Hour Hotline) *confidential resource

    Male Survivor Support (online support group) *confidential resource

    Medical Assistance and Support

    Please seek medical attention as soon as possible if needed.

    Campus Resources:
    USC Upstate Student Health Services
    995 University Way, Spartanburg SC 29303 Map pin icon
    *confidential resource

    External Resources:
    Spartanburg Regional Hospital
    101 East Wood Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303
    *confidential resource

    Prisma Health (formerly Greenville Mem. Hospital)
    701 Grove Rd., Greenville, SC 29605 Map pin icon
    *confidential resource

    The USC Upstate Police Department’s victim’s advocate can help you obtain restraining orders/orders of protection and file a police report regarding interpersonal violence, rape and sexual assault. Reporting assault to campus police is especially important if the incident takes place away from campus.

    USC Upstate Police Department
    219 North Campus Blvd. Spartanburg SC 29303 Map pin icon
    864-503-7777 or 911

  • Additional Support on Campus

    If you have experienced interpersonal violence, harassment, bias incidents or unlawful discrimination, the Office of Institutional Equity, Inclusion and Engagement can help you make a report, conduct an inquiry/assessment and begin a formal investigation as well as work to arrange protective/remedial measures including no-contact orders, residence hall changes and class/work schedule changes.

    Students Should Contact:

    Nick Kehrwald, J.D. 
    Student Affairs/Dean of Students
    Campus Life Center (CLC) Map pin icon Rm. 220
    or file a student conduct report below:
    Student Affairs Incident Reporting Form

    Faculty/staff and Visitors to Campus Should Contact:

    Dagmara Bruce
    Human Resources Director
     or by email at

    EO/Title IX Coordinator

    For any remaining questions or concerns regarding USC Upstate EO/Title IX policies and the university’s investigative processes please contact:

    Dagmara Bruce
    Human Resources Director
     or by email at

    Sarah Gildersleeve, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics
    864-503-5052 or by email at

    Kathy Childress, Program Assistant for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Compliance and Title IX Investigator
    864-503-5796 or by email at

    Alyssa Dickerson, Administrative Coordinator for COEHPH and TItle IX Investigator
    864-503-5573 or by email at

USC Upstate will make every effort to respect the wishes of the reporting party however, with regard to privacy, we cannot guarantee full confidentiality in all circumstances.