Federal update

Title IX

Monday, September 12 marked the end of the period for public comments on the Biden administration’s proposed changes to Title IX, the federal regulations which direct how colleges and universities address sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence.

The U.S. Education Department has submitted for review 700+ pages of proposed Title IX regulations to replace those implemented during the Trump administration, which were a reaction to Obama administration Title IX regulations. A fact sheet and summary are also available.

Proposed major changes include:

  • Extend prohibition on discrimination based on sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Live hearings would no longer be required in college sexual misconduct cases.
  • Cross-examination would not be required in hearings.
  • Schools would be allowed to investigate and punish assaults that take place off-campus.
  • Allow investigators to decide the outcomes of cases but require that all Title IX coordinators, investigators and decision-makers not have conflicts of interest or biases for or against complainants or respondents.
  • Allow schools to investigate and sanction sexual misconduct without formal complaints.

The proposal also retains aspects of the Trump administration Title IX regulations:

  • Require schools to presume accused students to be innocent until grievance procedures end.
  • Continue to permit informal resolutions of sexual misconduct complaints if both accuser and the accused agree.

It is important to note the proposed regulations don’t affect the existing exemptions for religious institutions that are enshrined in law.

As of September 12, a whopping 185,000 comments had been received. Compare that to the 125,000 comments received in response to the Trump administration proposed regulations, which took well over a year to process. Considering nearly 50% more comments were received for this round, we don’t expect to hear from the Education Department any time soon.

SCICU exceeds fundraising goals for fiscal year 2021-22

COLUMBIA, S.C. — With donations totaling nearly $600,000, generous contributors helped SCICU eclipse fundraising goals for fiscal year 2021-22. Along with adding proceeds from its endowment income, the total amount distributed to its 21 member colleges and universities surpassed $700,000.

SCICU flagship fundraising programs supporting student scholarships, need-based emergency grants, and student research all surpassed goals for the year.

“We are proud to report 100 percent SCICU team participation – both trustees and employees – in this year’s fundraising campaign,” said Jeff Perez, SCICU president and CEO. “Most importantly, 100 percent of all funds raised by SCICU are used for scholarships and programs that directly benefit our 21 member colleges and universities. None of the funds raised are used for administrative costs.”

Higher education supporters gave nearly $400,000 to SCICU for donor-designated scholarship programs that have specific academic, leadership, geographic location, and/or financial need qualifications. Campus financial aid directors select students to receive scholarships based on donor criteria.

The SCICU Student Lifeline Grants program provides emergency funding for students who are faced with unexpected financial needs. During fiscal year 2021-22, donors provided more than $125,000 that financial aid directors can access to help students persist through financial difficulties and complete the semester.

“There are many opportunities for companies, philanthropic organizations, and individuals to support independent higher education in South Carolina through SCICU,” said Eddie Shannon, SCICU Executive Vice President. “We are already busy working on our fiscal year 2022-23 fundraising campaign, and welcome any and all support.”

Interested in learning how you can support independent colleges and universities in South Carolina? Email Eddie Shannon (eddie@scicu.org) or call him at 803-799-7122. Donations are also accepted via PayPal (no PayPal account necessary – custom billing available by credit card, debit card, or electronic check draft) at scicu.org/donate/.

SCICU Business Partner spotlight — September 2022

SCICU salutes the businesses that participate in the SCICU Business Partner program. For September 2022, we are spotlighting CapinCrouse, S.C. Student Loan Corporation, and Wyche. Please see the links below to learn more about these partners. The SCICU Business Partner directory lists all partners currently participating in the program. Eddie Shannon, SCICU executive vice president, is always available for businesses interested in learning more about SCICU’s Business Partner program (email: eddie@scicu.org / office: 803-799-7122).

As a national full-service CPA and consulting firm devoted to serving nonprofit organizations, CapinCrouse provides professional solutions to organizations, including colleges and universities, whose outcomes are measured in lives changed.
SCICU Business Partner profile
Company website: capincrouse.com


S. C. Student Loan Corporation helps South Carolina students and their families with student loans and planning to help make college education more affordable.
SCICU Business Partner profile
Company website: scstudentloan.org


For more than 100 years Wyche has served South Carolina and participated landmark litigation, served as counsel on cutting-edge transactions, provided community leadership that has helped shape and drive our region’s growth and success, and advised a number of our state’s private colleges and universities, along with public and private secondary schools.
SCICU Business Partner profile
Company website: wyche.com


SCICU distributes $67,200 in CIC/UPS scholarships to 21 S.C. private colleges and universities

COLUMBIA, S.C. — S.C. Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) has distributed $67,200 in CIC/UPS scholarships to assist 21 students at private colleges and universities in South Carolina. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., through the CIC/UPS Educational Endowment.

“The UPS Foundation has been a long-time and generous supporter of independent college higher education, not only in South Carolina, but nationwide,” said Jeff Perez, president and CEO of SCICU. “We are very appreciative of their support and recognize that the lives of many worthy students have been changed for the better.”

Nationally, CIC provided more than $1.4 million in student scholarships through state-based associations to make private colleges and universities more affordable and accessible to underserved students.

The 21 colleges in South Carolina that received CIC/UPS Scholarships this year from SCICU include Allen University, Anderson University, Benedict College, Bob Jones University, Charleston Southern University, Claflin University, Coker University, Columbia College, Columbia International University, Converse University, Erskine College, Furman University, Limestone University, Morris College, Newberry College, North Greenville University, Presbyterian College, Southern Wesleyan University, Spartanburg Methodist College, Voorhees University, and Wofford College.

“The Council of Independent Colleges is proud to support nearly 450 low-income, first-generation, minority, and new American students in 26 states through the CIC/UPS Scholarships,” said Marjorie Hass, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “Through our partnership with SCICU, these scholarships help individual students pursue their education at one of South Carolina’s superb independent colleges and universities.”

The CIC/UPS Scholarships Program has made a private college education possible for more than 21,000 low-income, first generation, and minority students and has had a transformative impact on individuals, families, and communities across the country.

About the Council of Independent Colleges
The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is an association of 758 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society. CIC is the major national organization that focuses on services to leaders of independent colleges and universities and state-based councils. CIC offers conferences, seminars, publications, and other programs and services that help institutions improve educational quality, administrative and financial performance, student outcomes, and institutional visibility. CIC also conducts the largest annual conferences of college and university presidents and of chief academic officers in the United States. Founded in 1956, CIC is headquartered at One Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.cic.edu.

About The UPS Foundation
Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, the UPS Foundation leads its global citizenship programs and is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. The foundation’s philanthropic approach centers on four focus areas: health & humanitarian relief, equity and economic empowerment, local engagement, and planet protection. To UPS, giving means combining employees’ skills, passion and time with the company’s logistics expertise, transportation assets, and charitable donations to make a measurable difference in society.