FAQs about Title IX

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about sexual misconduct complaints. Please also see our reporting how-to guidelines.

What resources are available for immediate emotional support and confidential counseling?

Students can call:

  • The Respect Program in the Office of Health Promotion: 404-727-1514 | The Respect Program can provide a confidential consultation for guidance as to what steps to consider for safety, counseling, reporting, and accommodations that you might need right away.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services: 404-727-7450
  • Oxford Students may access services at Counseling and Career Services: 770-784-8383

Employees can call:

  • Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP): 404-727-4328 (press #2 for after-hours on-call service 24/7)

Additional resources include:

  • The DeKalb County Day League (formerly DeKalb Rape Crisis Center): 404-377-1428 for 24-hour confidential crisis line | 404-377-1429 for free counseling service
  • Georgia's 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-334-2836

What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at public and private institutions that receive federal financial assistance.

As defined by Emory University policies, sexual discrimination can encompass a broad range of behavior, including, but not limited to sexual assault (including non-consensual sexual contact or non-consensual sexual intercourse, or attempts to commit either), sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, gender-based harassment, and retaliation against any person for making a good faith report of prohibited conduct.

What happens after I file the report?

All complaints are handled in a prompt, thorough, and equitable manner:

  • If a student alleges a violation of the university's Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy 8.2) against a student, the Title IX Coordinator for Students will appoint an investigator to examine each complaint received. In most cases, an investigation will be completed within 60 days; however, a longer period may be needed in more complex cases.
  • If an employee or student alleges a violation of the university's Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy (Policy 1.3) against an employee, the director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion (or an appropriate alternate investigator) will assign an investigator who will, within 30 calendar days, investigate the circumstances of the discrimination and harassment allegations. The investigation may include interviews with the complainant, respondent, or witnesses, collection of documents or other physical/electronic information and evidence.

After the investigation is complete:

  • In the case of students, the Title IX Coordinator for Students determines whether charges for a policy violation should be pursued against a student alleged to have engaged in problematic conduct. Policy 8.2 sets forth a detailed description of the proceedings after a respondent is notified of charges.
  • With respect to employees, OEI provides the findings from its investigation to the management official with authority to consider the findings for possible personnel action, along with Human Resources.

As an employee, what should I do if I learn about an instance of sexual misconduct?

Every University employee who is informed about an allegation of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct is required to notify a Title IX coordinator either directly or through their relevant reporting structure.

However, university employees who serve in a professional role in which communications are afforded confidential status under the law (e.g., medical providers, therapists, and professional and pastoral counselors) are not bound by this requirement but may, consistent with their ethical and legal obligations, report limited information about incidents without revealing the identities of the individuals involved, to a Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Coordinator.

All members of the Emory University community are encouraged to promptly report incidents of sexual harassment and discrimination.

Please also see our faculty and staff guidelines.

What if I was intoxicated when I was assaulted?

Do not be deterred from reporting just because alcohol or drugs may have been involved. When conducting the investigation of sexual misconduct, the university's primary focus will be on addressing the sexual assault and not on other Emory University alcohol or drug policy violations that may be discovered or disclosed.

If my question is not answered by these FAQs, where can I find more information?

Information about Emory's policies and procedures are available online. Read through this website's sexual misconduct section and consult our resources section.

The Sexual Misconduct Resources website lists various links to other university resources.

If you have additional questions, please get in touch with either of these contacts: