Annual Compliance Letter to the Community

Fall 2021

Dear Members of the Emory Community:

I hope this academic year finds you in a good place. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strives to provide a safe environment that is conducive to intellectual engagement, learning, and working in positive ways. We focus our work on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns.

In furtherance of our efforts to provide a safe environment, we seek to move beyond compliance and impact the climate and culture of the enterprise through routine assessment of our policies, processes, and practices and provide education and awareness regarding matters impacting diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Our reassessment of climate and culture reminds us of the intentional work of inclusion, which is: The ongoing engagement with the principles of diversity—in our scholarship, in our curriculum, co- curriculum, business operations, and infrastructure of our institution. It is interwoven into the intellectual, social, cultural, geographical, local, regional, and institutional communities with which individuals might connect—in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, perspective taking, and empathetic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within societies organizations, and institutions, and systems.

At its foundation, our mission depends upon having an inclusive and accessible campus free of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. As such, I'm writing to ask you to take an active role in creating and maintaining this environment by focusing your attention on Emory's policies related to Title VII (Harassment and Discrimination) and Title IX (Sexual Misconduct), as well as practices related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). By taking the time to understand these policies and practices, you are taking the first step toward eliminating the barriers that prevent our community members from fully engaging in and enjoying all the benefits offered by our University.

In the past year, Emory University, along with colleges across the country, recently implemented Title IX policies that are compliant with new federal regulations, which took effect Friday, Aug. 14, 2020.

These federal regulations narrow for Title IX purposes the definition of sexual harassment.  Emory, however, will continue to address, under a separate conduct process, sexual misconduct that does not meet the new federal regulatory definition under Title IX.  Emory remains committed to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful harassment and discrimination.

The new policy and adjudication process applies to students, faculty, and staff as required by federal regulations (previously, Emory had a separate process for faculty and staff).

Emory will not ignore any complaint of sexual misconduct. All complaints will be reviewed and appropriate actions will be taken if an incident constitutes a prohibited conduct.

Sexual misconduct at Emory affects the entire community and can undermine the core values we share. We need each person in this community to understand the impact of sexual misconduct and take responsibility for caring for fellow community members by knowing what conduct is prohibited and where to turn for help and support.

In this correspondence, links with updated policies are:

These documents provide important information for everyone in the community related to Discrimination, Harassment and Title IX, as well as Emory University Title IX Reporting Guidelines for faculty, staff, and students. Also, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for additional guidance.

As you peruse the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion website for more information, please review the University's Sexual Misconduct Resources. It is important that you review these documents to fully understand your role as an Emory community member. If you have not yet participated in the university-wide Title IX training, please do so as soon as possible.

For more information about resources for faculty, staff, and students with disabilities, I invite you to visit the Department of Accessibility Services website. Their website also contains valuable information regarding reasonable workplace accommodations, classroom resources for faculty, and information on planning accessible events, among other resources.

We all have a responsibility for building a community comprised of members who are respectful of one another and that is absent of harassment and discrimination. Please join me in the journey to create a safe and inclusive Emory that is engaged for impact.

In gratitude,

Dr. Carol E. Henderson
Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Chief Diversity Officer, Adviser to the President
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable federal and Georgia state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran’s status. Inquiries should be directed to the Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404.727.9867 (V) | 404.712.2049 (TDD).