Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Title IX

    Title IX is a federal law that protects students, faculty and staff from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities. The law requires institutions to provide equal treatment in recruitment, admissions, and counseling, financial assistance, athletics, pregnant and parenting students, discipline and employment.

  • Who should I contact to inquire about Title IX?

    The University’s Title IX Coordinator works to prevent, stop and address sexual harassment in educational programs and/or activities on and off-campus. The Title IX Coordinator is Alesia Smith and she can be reached at 864-656-3181, via email at , via email at

  • Who is protected under Title IX?

    Title IX protects any person from sex/gender-based discrimination, including students, faculty and staff; women and men; and individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender.

  • What is the difference between Title IX and VAWA?

    Title IX focuses on eliminating gender inequality in educational settings while Clery/VAWA is primarily an Act focused on the disclosure of campus security policies and crime statistic reporting. Both Title IX and VAWA prescribe standards for the investigation and conduct of discipline proceedings in domestic violence, relationship violence, sexual assault and stalking cases.

  • Will my complaint remain confidential?

    The University will make all reasonable efforts to keep and protect the confidentiality of all parties involved, to the extent permitted by law. However, the University may determine that it must investigate and pursue resolution of the allegation to protect the rights, interests, and personal safety of the Clemson community. As such, the University may have to disclose the harassment allegation and the identity of the complainant to the accused, University officials, and others as appropriate. Nevertheless, the information will only be shared on a limited basis and will be kept confidential to the extent permitted by law.

  • Is relationship violence and stalking covered under Title IX?

    Yes, Title IX defines sexual discrimination to include relationship and domestic violence as well as stalking.

  • Are complainants and respondents entitled to the same resources?

    Yes, Title IX requires equal opportunities to participate in the full range of extracurricular activities, equal opportunity to access all courses, programs and employment, and equal opportunity to participate in athletics.