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Title IX: Sexual Misconduct

Emory University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful harassment and does not discriminate on the basis of sex within its educational programs and activities. Thus, in accordance with federal law and its commitment to a fair and open campus environment, Emory cannot and will not tolerate discrimination against or harassment of any individual or group based upon race, sex, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, 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 university recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of sex discrimination, prevent its occurrence, and diligently investigate reports of misconduct.

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. The Title IX prohibition on sex discrimination is not limited to sexual harassment and violence. Inquiries concerning application of Title IX may be made to the Office for Civil Rights in addition to or instead of such other campus and non-campus resources. Emory fosters a safe learning and working environment that supports academic and professional growth of students, staff, and faculty and does not tolerate sexual harassment, including violence in its community and is obligated to address incidents of which it has notice.

Sexual misconduct is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited under federal law and the Emory University Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy 8.2). Sexual misconduct can occur in many forms, including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and gender-based bullying.

All members of the Emory University community are required to promptly report incidents of sexual harassment and discrimination to the University Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator for Students, a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, or other mandatory reporters in order to invoke the university's Title IX process. Reports may be made in a written or verbal format. 

A summary of resources called "What You Need to Know" is available in hard copy in the offices of the University Title IX Coordinator and the Title IX Coordinator for Students, as well as other locations on campus.

Remedies, Interim Measures, and Accommodations

The university can provide remedies and impose interim measures after a sexual misconduct report has been filed. Interim measures and remedies are individualized services offered as appropriate to either or both the reporting party and the responding party involved in the alleged incident of sexual misconduct.

Through the University Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator for Students, or their designee, the university will work with all students affected by sexual misconduct to ensure their safety and promote their well-being. Sometimes this assistance will take the form of appropriate accommodations intended to support and provide relief.

Students may request accommodations even in cases where an investigation is not undertaken or either party has declined to participate in the university disciplinary proceeding or the criminal process. The university will evaluate any request for accommodations in light of the circumstances and information available at the time of the request.

Remedies and accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Counseling services
  • Extensions of time on course-related adjustments
  • Modifications of work for university employment
  • Modifications of class schedules
  • Safety escorts
  • Restrictions on contact between the parties
  • Moving a student's residence

A student who has experienced sexual misconduct may also be entitled to obtain remedies under applicable law, such as an order of protection. The university, and with support of the Emory Police Department, can assist students in contacting law enforcement or legal service organizations to learn about these remedies.

The university may also take action through directives (known as "interim measures") to ensure the safety of all parties involved and to protect the integrity of a pending investigation or disciplinary process, including by addressing concerns about potential retaliation.

Interim measures include, but are not limited to:

  • "No contact" or stay away orders
  • Restricting access to campus buildings and/or university property
  • Moving or removing a campus residence
  • Changing academic schedules
  • Temporarily suspending a student from the university
  • Temporarily suspending a student from specified activities or limiting participation in certain events, gatherings, or activities

The Title IX Coordinator for Students has the discretion to ensure the appropriateness of any measure.

Retaliation. Federal regulations and university policy protect against retaliation directed at any individual who files a complaint or is involved in the adjudicatory process in good faith or participates in an investigation of a complaint. A complaint of retaliation may be initiated with the Title IX Coordinator for Students for any retaliatory actions resulting from the filing of a complaint under the Sexual Misconduct Policy (Policy 8.2). Retaliation is adjudicated under the guidelines of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.