Title IX Reporting Options
If someone has experienced sexual misconduct or sex-based discrimination, they can submit an electronic report at the link below or in-person with a Title IX Coordinator. Reports filed through this office are separate from any law enforcement reports which may or may not have been filed.
Employees who learn that someone has experienced sexual misconduct MUST report all information known to them to the Title IX Coordinator.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual misconduct, you may also report the incident to the University Police Department.
Responsible Employees are those employees who must promptly and fully report complaints of or information regarding sexual misconduct to a Title IX Coordinator. Responsible Employees include any administrator, supervisor, faculty member, or other person in a position of authority who is not a Confidential Employee or Privileged Employee. Student employees who serve in a supervisory, or managerial role are in a position of authority for purposes of the Sexual Misconduct Policy (e.g. teaching assistants, residential assistants, student managers). Responsible Employees are not required to report information disclosed at public awareness events (e.g., “Take Back the Night,” candlelight vigils, protests, “survivor speak-outs” or other public forums in which students may openly disclose incidents of prohibited conduct).
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct reports can be made anonymously. Incidents may be reported without disclosing one’s name or identifying the Respondent (person who is alleged to have engaged in the misconduct), or by requesting no action be taken. However, this may limit the institution’s ability to respond to the anonymous report.
Please note: Responsible Employees must disclose all information shared with them and are not able to submit anonymous reports.
Confidentiality vs. Privacy
Confidentiality and privacy are different. Confidentiality is limited to someone who, by law, can keep information confidential. Health Services and the Counseling Center are the primary designated on-campus confidential resources where you can learn about support and options. Exceptions to confidentiality exist where the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor (in Georgia, under the age of 18) or otherwise provided by law, such as imminent threat of serious harm.
Information communicated through Title IX and Sexual Misconduct reporting process will be kept private - meaning shared only with university employees who need to be involved in responding to or addressing a report. Relevant information collected during an investigation will be shared with the Complainant (person who experienced the conduct), Respondent (person who is alleged to have engaged in the misconduct), and their advisors (if applicable) in the investigation report.
Amnesty from Drugs and Alcohol Use
Individuals are encouraged to come forward and to report Ssexual Mmisconduct even if they were under the influence at the time of the incident. Information reported by a student during an investigation concerning the consumption of drugs or alcohol will not be used against the particular student in a disciplinary proceeding or voluntarily reported to law enforcement; however, students may be provided with resources on drug and alcohol counseling and/or education, as appropriate. Nevertheless, these students may be required to meet with staff members in regards to the incident and may be required to participate in appropriate educational program(s). The required participation in an educational program under this amnesty procedure will not be considered a sanction.
Nothing in this amnesty provision shall prevent an institution staff member who is otherwise obligated by law (the Clery Act) to report information or statistical data as required.
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