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 suspension 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.

The respondent has the opportunity to use an advisor (who may or may not be an attorney) at his/her own expense for the express purpose of providing advice and counsel, pursuant to the provisions of the Student Code of Conduct. The advisor can provide assistance such as: providing emotional support; help understanding the investigation process; help prepare for interviews or hearings; and attend interviews or hearings. However, the advisor is not able to speak for the respondent.

Efforts will be made to complete the investigation within a reasonable timeframe, 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.