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Office of Access and Equity

223 Brackett Hall
Box 345404
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-0620


110 Holtzendorff Hall
Box 345404
Clemson, SC 29634
Phone: 864-656-3181
Fax: 864-656-3182


Jerry Knighton

223 Brackett Hall

Jerry Knighton serves as Director of the Office of Access and Equity and is the University's designated Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Officer. He monitors the University's recruitment and retention programs for minorities and women and is responsible for ensuring that all policies regarding equitable treatment for faculty, staff and students are followed. Additionally, Mr. Knighton investigates claims of discrimination by faculty, staff and students and engages in training and other activities to prevent incidents of discrimination/harassment. Individuals who believe that they have been subjected to illegal discrimination are encouraged to contact Mr. Knighton for advice and assistance in resolving the problem.

Mr. Knighton also works with the Graduate School in their efforts to recruit minority graduate students and coordinates graduate fellowship programs for new and continuing minority graduate students. Additionally, serves as the University's point of contact for implementation of the University's Diversity Procurement Initiative for minority and women-owned business participation.

Mr. Knighton is a graduate of the University of South Carolina where he obtained both a B.A. in Political Science and a M.A. in Public Administration. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at Clemson University.

Brenda Manley

223 Brackett Hall


Brenda Manley serves as Office Manager and is responsible for managing all activities related to personnel, payroll, procurement and accounting. She oversees multiple budgets, manages office support staff and assists professional staff members in meeting departmental objectives. Ms. Manley also assists with the planning and implementation of meetings, workshops, projects and conferences.

Compliance and Investigations

Alesia Smith

110 Holtzendorff Hall

Alesia Smith serves as Executive Director of Equity Compliance/Title IX Coordinator and is responsible for the overall administration of the office, its activities and programs. The position oversees, directs and provides leadership for activities of the office and serves as the university’s liaison for Title IX, harassment and discrimination matters both on and off campus.

Ms. Smith also leads efforts across all divisions of the University to ensure compliance with statutory and

regulatory requirements as they relate to Title IX laws and regulations. She provides oversight of University‐wide education, training, and outreach programming related to Title IX.

Ms. Smith has over 25 years of experience in higher education administration in areas of student conduct, Title IX, training, compliance with state and federal laws and policies and management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a Master of Science in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration from Illinois State University.

Priscilla Harrison, MBA, PHR

223 Brackett Hall


Priscilla Harrison serves as lead investigator, conducts investigations and mediates complaints of violations of Clemson University’s policies prohibiting harassment and discrimination in employment, programs, and services. She is the University’s ADA Coordinator and administers its overall ADA compliance efforts including the planning, developing and administering of programs and services required by Title II of the Americans with Disability Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. She assesses disability accommodation needs for faculty, staff, and visitors and advises departments in resolving accessibility concerns.

Ms. Harrison has over sixteen years of experience in Human Resources working in the areas of employee relations, employment law, organizational effectiveness, performance management, training, regulatory compliance, and recruiting. She brings a background of diverse experience in multiple industries such as higher education, aerospace, healthcare, and computer technology.

Ms. Harrison is a graduate of Clemson University with a M.A.and Bachelors of Science in Computer Science.

Education and Training

Megan Fallon

110 Holtzendorff Hall

Megan Fallon serves as the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator. She assists with Title IX compliance through educating and training the campus community on violence prevention. Megan coordinates awareness programs and services across campus to help survivors of abuse get the resources and care they need.
Ms. Fallon received her B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam and M.A. in Cultural Studies from Dartmouth College. She also received a certificate from Oxford University where she studied Human Rights. Megan has worked in violence prevention for 12 years working with families, children, women in prison, victims of trafficking, and of course college students.

Paula Porter, MBA

110 Holtzendorff Hall

Paula Porter serves as the administrator for the Civil Treatment Professional Development Program. Her responsibilities include communicating with program participants, coordinators and facilitators as well as monitoring participant registration and summarizing program evaluations for reporting purposes. Additionally, Ms. Porter coordinates and reports on all other office training to include Managing Diversity in the Workplace, AA/EEO Hiring Procedures, ADA, Harassment, and Title IX; she also monitors the department’s case management system.

Ms. Porter is a graduate of Clemson University where she received both her Bachelor of Arts in Language and International Trade and Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Emily Hulett

110 Holtzendorff Hall

Emily Hulett is serving as the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Graduate Assistant while she is pursuing her M.Ed in Counselor Education. Emily assists with Title IX compliance through educating and training the campus community on violence prevention. She also provides programmatic support for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Emily graduated from Virginia Tech in 2015 with a B.A in Public Relations. Prior to Clemson, she worked as an Outreach Program Coordinator for Virginia Tech Fraternity and Sorority Life.