Oglethorpe encourages all members of our community to report prohibited conduct to the University. Reports and names of individuals are only shared with appropriate university staff members.
Title IX Coordinator: An important role of the Title IX Coordinator is to connect you with resources to help with your personal safety, physical and emotional well-being; explain your rights (i.e. implementing interim measures, providing you with an advocate) and options which include filing a formal complaint and/or contacting the Brookhaven police.
Contact: Miriam Smith, Senior Director of Title IX and Equity, Title IX Coordinator
Reference the University Bulletin for complete details of Oglethorpe’s procedures.
Brookhaven Police: 911 or 678-937-2852
Complainants are encouraged, but not required, to make a formal report to law enforcement. Making a formal report to law enforcement will not impact the university’s responsibility to investigate complaints.
Employees and officials at the university are responsible employees and required to report incidents of sexual misconduct. Licensed counselors and clergy are the only parties that may be allowed to maintain confidentiality. Students seeking confidential resources may consult with the University Counseling Center.
Online: Submit an online Incident Report
In-Person: Student Commons, First Floor TLCC
By phone: Campus Safety: 404-504-1998
Residence Life Office: 404- 364-8520
These reports should include as much detail as possible, and though reports filed online and via phone can be submitted anonymously, please provide the name of the individual needing help. Reports and names of individuals are only shared with appropriate university staff members.
No. Complainants (you) maintain control over who they will talk to, what resources they will use and what information they choose to share; however, the University’s response may be limited based on the information shared by the Complainant. When the University receives a report, it has a duty to evaluate the report to determine the appropriate response and safety of the individual and the community. Your information will be kept private and only shared with those on a “need to know” basis
Even if a Complainant does not wish to participate in any form of resolution, the University is still required to provide reasonable remedies. Remedies may include, but are not limited to:
- assistance with academics, modifications in living arrangements, academic and/or employment schedules;
- no-contact orders; and/or
- counseling and support referrals
Any interim measures taken will be designed to minimize the burden on the Complainant as much as possible.
There is no time limit for invoking Oglethorpe’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct. Oglethorpe prohibits all forms of sexual misconduct, which include but are not limited to sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual coercion or intimidation, and sexual exploitation. This policy applies to students, faculty, staff, other individuals associated with the University, and third parties. The University actively encourages all members of the community to report and take action to make the University a safe, welcoming, and respectful environment.
Oglethorpe is committed to providing all students and employees with a safe and secure learning and working environment that is free of sex or gender-based discrimination. Reports aid the University in developing strategies for preventing and ending gender-based misconduct, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence.
- Oglethorpe may provide interim measures, resources for ongoing support and multiple options for resolving the matter.
- Oglethorpe can also assist Complainants with contacting local law enforcement if desired.
- Oglethorpe can assist Complainants with the University’s formal resolution process, which may determine if a violation of the University Policy on Sexual Misconduct occurred, and if so, appropriate sanctions for the respondent.
In most cases, no. FERPA is a federal law that protects information about you and your access of university services.
No. Oglethorpe has a Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan Policy. The University recognizes that the potential for disciplinary action for these incidents may act as a barrier to students who would otherwise seek medical assistance themselves or for other students. The primary concern is the well-being, health, and safety of students.
The university has a strict prohibition against any sort of retaliation (in person, using third parties, social media, etc.). The University does not tolerate retaliation or discrimination against any person, and/or their family and friends, who brings forward a complaint, who cooperates in the investigation of a complaint, or who participates in the discipline process for an alleged violation of this policy. The University will not only take steps to prevent retaliation, it will also take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs. The policy applies to all members of the university community. If you face harassment and want to take action in response, you can contact the Title IX Coordinator or the Dean of Students.