Reporting How-To's

This outline provides guidance about how to manage sexual misconduct complaints.

Please also see our FAQs about Title IX.

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.

  • 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
  • Name, address, and telephone number of offender (if known)
  • Date incident occurred
  • Location of incident (identify building name or address)
  • Description of incident

Related questions

  • Is the person making the report the victim or third party?
  • Are the victim 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 victim or offender under the influence of alcohol or drugs?
  • Are campus resources needed (for example, student health services and counseling)? If so, please see related resources listed in our FAQs.

A complaint should be filed as soon as possible after the incident occurs, but there is no required time frame for filing complaints.

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.