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Discrimination and Harassment

The Office of Equity and Inclusion, in keeping with Emory University's Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy (Policy 1.3), is responsible for conducting investigations into complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment and retaliation filed by students, faculty, and staff members against faculty or staff members.

Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Emory University has two primary policies that prohibit conduct constituting sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct, Policy 1.3 - Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, and Policy 8.2 - Sexual Misconduct Policy. 

University Policy 1.3 is Emory University's Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, reflecting Emory's commitment to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful discrimination or harassment against any individual or group based upon race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran's status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law. The policy applies to persons who are employees and students of Emory University, vendors, contractors, guests, patrons, and other third parties participating in any Emory-sponsored event or program, whether on or off campus, and to such persons in other situation in which the respondent is acting as a member of the Emory community. In general, misconduct and harassment complaints against employees and other non-students are handled under Policy 1.3.

University Policy 8.2 specifically addresses processes for alleged sexual misconduct committed by an Emory student. The policy states that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance, and states that Emory University will take seriously every allegation or report of sexual misconduct received.

Please note that the Office of Equity and Inclusion does not investigate complaints of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and retaliation filed against students. Those complaints are investigated by the Division of Campus Life's Office of Student Conduct.