Reporting and FAQs


This outline provides guidance about how to manage sexual misconduct complaints and answers to frequently asked questions.

Filing a Report

Anyone who becomes aware of discrimination or discriminatory harassment committed by a member of the faculty, staff, administration, or student body, vendor, contractor, guest, or patron on campus is encouraged to report the harassment to the Department of Title IX Director.

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.

The complaint may be made in a written or verbal format. A report of sexual misconduct should include the following details, when possible.

  • The name, address, and telephone number of person making the report; anonymous reports can be made, but the university's ability to respond to the complaint may be significantly limited in certain situations
  • The name, address, and telephone number of the alleged offender (if known)
  • Date incident occurred
  • Location of incident (identify building name or address)
  • A description of incident
  • The name of the impacted party (if different from the reporter)

Related questions

  • Is the person making the report the impacted party or third party?
  • Is the impacted party and offender acquainted? If so, how?
  • Was the incident motivated by hate or bias? If yes, identify the category of hate or bias (race, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability)
  • Was the impacted party or alleged offender under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

Individuals may file a report at any time, but the University strongly encourages individuals to file complaints promptly in order to preserve evidence for a potential legal and/or grievance process. Mandatory reporters are required to promptly report to the Title IX Coordinator information about alleged Prohibited Conduct, including Title IX Misconduct.

Complaints filed long after an alleged incident occurs can hinder effective investigations because verbal accounts, physical evidence, and other information may be more difficult to obtain.

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

Complaints of sexual misconduct may be filed with these offices and individuals:

You can also report an incident to an employee at Emory that you believe can provide assistance in responding to an allegation of sexual harassment or sexual violence. The employee should immediately notify the Title IX coordinator about your complaint.

In matters in which an individual may want to make a criminal filing, the complaint should be directed to the Emory Police Department.

In matters in which the individual wants to obtain counseling or other health services, the appropriate contact is Student Health Services.

You have options to report anonymously or get confidential assistance.

Anonymous reporting (providing information without your name attached to it) is an available option with the Emory Police Department through the TIPS line (404.727.TIPS/8477); however, administrative or criminal enforcement activity can be significantly limited in the case of anonymous reports.

Regardless of whether a complainant pursues a criminal complaint, the university will investigate the incident in question and take appropriate responsive action to ensure that the educational environment at Emory is free of sexual harassment and to prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, to remedy the effects of the harassment.

If you decide to report through a Title IX coordinator, consideration of your privacy and security are of utmost importance. We are here to help you as best we can. Title IX officials also need to consider the impact of the allegations on the safety and security of the broader university community, but we will discuss all options and steps with you.

Reporting During Remote Learning

The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of unlawful harassment and discrimination.

How to File a Report Remotely
 

Emergency Contacts 

TITLE IX FAQ's 

 

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.