Accused of Sexual Misconduct

If you have been accused of sexual misconduct (respondent), the Dean of Students office has staff available to inform you of the resources available on and off campus as well as provide you with more information about the conduct process. To contact staff in the Dean of Students office for assistance, please call 404-413-1515.

All reports of sexual misconduct are taken seriously. Interim measures may be undertaken at any point after the institution becomes aware of an allegation of sexual misconduct and should be designed to protect the alleged victim and the community. Before an interim measure is issued, the university will make all reasonable efforts to give the respondent the opportunity to be heard, consistent with the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct.

Both the Complainant and the Respondent, as parties to the matter, shall have the opportunity to use an advisor (who may or may not be an attorney) of the party’s choosing at the party’s own expense. The advisor may accompany the party to all meetings and may provide advice and counsel to their respective party throughout the Sexual Misconduct process, including providing questions, suggestions and guidance to the party, but may not actively participate in the process except as outlined in BOR 6.7.4 (E). All communication during the Sexual Misconduct process will be between the institution and the party and not the advisor. With the party’s permission, the advisor may be copied on all communications.

Efforts will be made to complete the investigation within a reasonable time-frame, which will be determined based upon the allegations, availability of witnesses and/or evidence, etc. in a particular case. Findings are determined using a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not that the sexual misconduct occurred).

All involved parties have the right to be free from retaliation and must not engage in any retaliation against another individual.

For more information about the conduct process, please review the Sexual Misconduct Policy.