Sexual Misconduct / Title IX
Georgia State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and prohibits such discrimination by students, faculty and staff. Nondiscrimination on the basis of sex is mandated by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.), and the corresponding implementation regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 106).
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students and employees of educational institutions. Title IX states, in part:
No person…shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in any federally funded education program or activity. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, which constitutes sexual discrimination.
For more information on Title IX, please visit:
- The Georgia State University Opportunity Development & Diversity Education
- The US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
What is Sexual Misconduct?
Georgia State University uses the term sexual misconduct as a broad term encompassing sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, non-consensual sexual contact, non-consensual sexual intercourse, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking.
The Georgia State University Student Code of Conduct provides definitions and outlines the policy and procedure for resolving complaints of sexual misconduct against Georgia State University students. This information is available in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.
To ensure compliance with Title IX, Georgia State University appointed a Title IX Coordinator and two Deputy Title IX Coordinators, who are listed below:
Title IX Coordinator
- Respond to reports of sexual misconduct by faculty and staff.
- Oversee Title IX complaints and identifying/addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints, in consultation with the Office of Legal Affairs.
- Conduct Title IX Training.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Student Affairs
- Respond to reports of sexual misconduct by students.
- Conduct Title IX Training.
Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Athletics
- Title IX compliance of the Georgia State University athletic program (i.e. gender equity in university Athletics).
The university recognizes that not every student will be prepared to make a university or local law enforcement report. Students seeking to talk to someone about an incident of sexual misconduct or harassment confidentially without making a report to the university or triggering any investigation by the university can utilize the following confidential resources:
- Georgia State University Counseling and Testing Center, Suite 200, 75 Piedmont Ave., NE, 404-413-1640;
- Georgia State University Student Health Clinic, Suite D, 141 Piedmont Ave., NE, 404-413-1950; or
- Georgia State University Student Victim Assistance Services, Suite 239, 75 Piedmont Ave., NE, 404-413-1965.
Law and policy requirements—driven by concerns about campus safety—may override a request or desire to maintain confidentiality.
For more information and resources, please visit shape.gsu.edu.