Confidential Reporting of Crimes

A crime can be reported anonymously 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 staff member, to the Dean of Campus Life, or to any other Campus Security Authority. 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 Campus Security Authority may file a confidential report of the incident directly to EPD or via the on-line Emory CSA Incident Report Form so that it can be included in the statistical section of this Report.

Confidenetial graphic

Pursuant to the University’s Sex and Gender-Based Harassment and Discrimination Policy (http://www.policies.emory.edu/8.2), sexual misconduct is an umbrella term that encompasses all unwelcome conduct based on sex or gender that is so severe and/or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a person’s University employment, academic performance or participation in University programs or activities, or creates a working, learning, program or activity environment that a reasonable person would find intimidating, hostile or offensive. It includes Non-Consensual Sexual Intercourse, Non-consensual Sexual Contact; Sexual Exploitation; Sexual Harassment; Gender-Based Harassment; Retaliation; Aiding, Facilitating, Encouraging, Concealing, or Otherwise Assisting, Violating a Protective Measure and Title IX Misconduct. 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. "Responsible Employees” who are informed about an allegation of sexual misconduct are required to notify, either directly or through the employee’s reporting structure, the University Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator for Students, the Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff, or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator, all of whom are identified in Policy 8.2.  Responsible Employees refer to individuals who, based on their role with respect to the University, are required to report to a Title IX Coordinator information about alleged Prohibited Conduct, including Title IX Misconduct. Responsible Employees are (1) University Employees (including Faculty and Staff); (2) Resident Advisors (“RAs”); and (3) Teaching Assistants or Teaching Associates.  The Title IX Coordinator(s), in turn, provide(s) the reported information to EPD. If an individual is unwilling or unable to make a report, others who are aware of a crime can 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 report that includes the names of individuals involved will be made to the Office of Clery Act Compliance or to EPD. However, a counselor may provide a de-identified (anonymous) report containing information about an incident to the Office of Clery Act Compliance or to 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, suggest that a person 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.

Emory’s Office of Respect, the university’s central hub for interpersonal violence prevention and survivor resiliency, can provide survivor advocates and can receive information privately, but they are required to provide certain information in a timely fashion about incidents of sexual misconduct and sexual assaults to the Office of Clery Act Compliance and to the University’s Title IX Coordinators. 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 Respect Staff at the Office of Respect (470-270-5360).