FAQs about Title IX

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about sexual misconduct complaints.

Please also see our reporting how-to guidelines.

The new Sex and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination Policy is in response to the revised federal Title IX regulations. Emory reviewed these regulations and updated our polices to align with the new rules. Emory will follow the federal mandate and continue our own mission to maintain the health, safety and well-being of community members.

The new policy and adjudication process applies to students, faculty and staff. Previously, Emory had a separate process for faculty and staff. [NOTE: Emory Healthcare will continue to have a separate policy.]

It is important to note that Emory has not changed what constitutes prohibited conduct. What has changed is the manner in which it is handled.

Prohibited conduct includes several categories, such as non-consensual sexual intercourse, sexual or gender-based harassment, sexual exploitation, and Title IX misconduct. Title IX Misconduct is a subset of what is prohibited and must rise to a level of severity and pervasiveness that is strictly prohibited under federal law. 

If a category of conduct is prohibited by Emory but does not meet federal Title IX requirements, the university may still conduct a thorough investigation and individuals may still face disciplinary action. Please refer to Emory’s Sex and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination Policy, which outlines the grievance procedures for Prohibited Conduct, including Title IX Misconduct.

The federal government redefined Title IX sexual harassment as, in part, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is severe, pervasive and objectively offensive. The previous definition, in part, included conduct that was severe or pervasive..  Please refer to Emory’s Sex and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination policy for the complete definition of sexual harassment.   

Emory will not ignore any complaints of sexual misconduct. All complaints will be reviewed by the Department of Title IX, and, if an incident constitutes a prohibited conduct, appropriate actions will be taken.

The new federal rules state that sexual misconduct outside of an Emory sponsored program, or outside of the U.S., will not be adjudicated under Title IX. However, these incidents will be reviewed and handled by Emory’s Department of Title IX, if the accusation falls under the University’s Prohibited Conduct process. Emory will not ignore any complaints of sexual misconduct.  Please refer to Emory’s Sex and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination Policy, which outlines the grievance procedures for Prohibited Conduct.

Emory’s new policy and process set forth rules of decorum that all parties must follow during a hearing.

At the hearing, both parties will be given the opportunity to ask relevant cross-examination questions of the other party through their advisors. If one party does not have an advisor for the hearing, Emory will provide one at no cost.

Emory will not ignore sexual misconduct. If a complaint does not meet the strict Title IX federal definitions, Emory will still complete a thorough review if the complaint alleges a prohibited conduct. The University’s new policy outlines prohibited conduct, which includes non-consensual sexual intercourse, sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual exploitation and Title IX Misconduct. Please refer to Emory’s Sex and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination Policy for a complete list of Prohibited Conduct, including Title IX Misconduct.

Emory created a comprehensive, university-wide approach to address and reduce incidents of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is not tolerated, and we take prompt and equitable action when it occurs.

We have mandatory education and advocacy training for all faculty, staff and students. We also have strong systems in place that provide a safe environment for community members to report incidents, and we want anyone affected by issues of sexual misconduct to get the support they need.

The Department of Title IX provides the campus with multiple resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The team works collaboratively with other units across campus including Campus Life, Human Resources, the Emory Police Department and the Offices of the Provost and President.

Emory encourages our community to report incidents of sexual misconduct.

View the process explained

You may also contact the Title IX Coordinators in the Department of Title IX.  We also have resources available for those who have experienced 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.