Title IX & Sexual Assault

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that has removed many barriers that once prevented people, on the basis of sex, from participating in educational opportunities and careers of their choice. It states that:

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

USCB is committed to providing an environment free from discriminatoin, harassment, sexual misconduct, and related retaliation.  This commitment helps realize the university's primary mission and aligns with institutional values to comply with all requirements set forth by civil rights laws, including Title IX, and related federal and state authority. 

To view our full Title IX policy, click the following link: Discrimination, Harassment And Sexual Misconduct Policy (554)

Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female, male, and gender non-conforming students, faculty, and staff are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence under Title IX. Title IX requires that universities have established procedures for addressing complaints of sexual assault, domestic abuse, dating violence, stalking and other forms of sexual violence (See important Definitions).

Every educational institution receiving federal funding is required to have a Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator ensures that the University is compliant with Title IX and coordinates the investigation and disciplinary processes. Please direct any Title IX related inquiries to the Title IX Coordinator, Deonne Yeager, (843) 208-8280, deonne@uscb.edu .

Title IX Coordinators

Deonne Yeager
Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Development
Title IX Coordinator
Beaufort Office: Sandstone 118
Bluffton Office:
Library 209
(843) 208-8280

Important Definitions

Sexual Misconduct 

Definition: Sexual misconduct includes sexual assault, relationship violance, stalking, sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. 

  • Sexual assault is having or attempting to have sexual contact with another individual without consent or where the individual cannot consent becuase of age or temporary or permanent mental incapacity. 
  • Relationship violence includes dating violence and domestic violence.  For both, threats of violence may include but not limited to, threats against a person, people close to the individual, a pet, or property.
  • Stalking is condcut directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety or the safety of others or suffer substantial emotional distress.  Also, most occur over multiple occurances.
  • Sexual exploitation involved one or more of the following behaviors committed for any purpose, including sexual arousal or gratification, financial gain or other personal benefit. Behaviors include but not limited to taking sexual advantage of another person without consent, taking advantage of another's sexuality or extending the bounds of consensual sexual activity without the knowledge of the other individual. 
  • Sexual harrassment is conduct on the basis of sex that is unwelcomed behavior, is severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive to a reasonable person and denies equal access to a university's education progrma or activity. 

For more information about sexual violence, visit the National Center for Victims of Crime.