Confidential Reporting of Crimes

The confidential reporting of crimes is optional if the report is made through a confidential EPD phone line (404) 727-8477, or through the Emory Trust Line (888) 550-8850. A student may request confidentiality in reporting a crime to a Residence Life or Campus Life staff member, or to a staff member of the Office of the Dean of any School, Department or Division; however, in cases of reports of sexual violence or sexual misconduct covered by Title IX, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in all instances. The student will be encouraged to make an official police report, but if the student elects not to or is unable to make such a report, the EPD collects details sufficient to enable appropriate classification of the incident so that it can be included in the statistical section of this Report.

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Pursuant to the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, sexual misconduct is broadly defined to include sexual violence, sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner/dating violence, stalking, gender-based bullying and other offenses involving unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature. Because sexual misconduct may constitute both a violation of University policy and criminal activity, persons having knowledge of a possible violation are strongly encouraged to promptly report alleged sexual misconduct to the EPD, or to local law enforcement authorities for incidents that occur off campus. Every University employee who is informed about an allegation of sexual misconduct is required to notify the University Title IX Coordinator either directly or through the employee’s reporting structure, the Title IX Coordinator for Students, or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, who are all identified in Policy 8.2. The Title IX Coordinator(s), in turn, provides the reported information to EPD. If a victim is unwilling or unable to make a report on the victim’s own behalf, individuals aware of a crime should contact the police to make a report except as described below.

Except as otherwise specifically disclosed or unless consent is obtained in a particular instance, if a report of a crime is made to a “pastoral counselor” or “professional counselor” as those terms are defined in the Regulations, and a person has requested confidentiality, no identifiable report will be made of the crime to EPD. However, a counselor may provide a de-identified (anonymous) report containing information about an incident to the EPD for statistical reporting purposes, provided the counselor so informs the person making the report in advance of receiving information. Pastoral and professional counselors may, in their professional discretion, encourage a person to file an official police report and may obtain consent from the person to disclose the identifiable incident to EPD, for investigation or for inclusion in the statistical section of this Report. Sexual assault response advocates within Emory's Respect Program also can receive information confidentially, but they are required to timely provide certain information about incidents of sexual misconduct and sexual assaults to the EPD and to the University’s Title IX coordinators without identifying the names of the individuals involved. This is required for aggregate data collection by the university as well as for consideration of broader issues of public safety, both mandated by federal law. A detailed explanation of disclosure obligations can be obtained from Wanda Swan, Director of the Respect Program.

A detailed explanation of disclosure obligations can be obtained from Wanda Swan, Director of the Respect Program.