General

What conduct is prohibited by Title IX?

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy/parenting status, gender expression and gender identity. Title IX prohibited conduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating or domestic) violence and stalking.

Who is the GGC contact for Title IX inquiries?

Ms. Erika Robinson, Esq.
Phone: 678.407.5010
TitleIX@ggc.edu

Reporting

What are GGC’s obligations when it has notice of a Title IX related incident?

If GGC knows or in the exercise of reasonable care should know about any sexual harassment (this could be student-on-student, employee-on-employee, student-on-employee or employee-on-student) including sexual violence that creates a hostile environment, Title IX requires the College to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred (subject to confidentiality considerations). If an investigation reveals that sexual harassment or discrimination including sexual violence created a hostile environment, the College will then take prompt and effective steps reasonably calculated to end the sexual harassment or sexual violence, prevent its recurrence and, as appropriate, remedy its effects on the victim and College community.

What are the reporting obligations of Residence Life staff when they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX related incident?

All GGC employees are “Responsible Employees.” All GGC employees, including student staff, must immediately report all Title IX related concerns to the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance.

What are the reporting obligations of student employees, staff and faculty when they have notice and/or receive a report of a Title IX related incident?

“Responsible employees” include any staff, employee, student employee and faculty. "Responsible employees" must immediately report all sexual misconduct or sex discrimination concerns to the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance. In the case of violence, or the threat of violence, first contact Public Safety at 678.407.5333 or any local law enforcement and then be sure to contact the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance.

What are the reporting obligations of students?

Students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct concerns to the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance or any responsible employee (including vice presidents, deans, directors, and faculty, staff or college administrators) they feel comfortable with. Students may also report a complaint to the dean of students. The dean of students or responsible employee will then immediately forward the concern to the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance.

Confidentiality

What if the complaining party or victim requests confidentiality or does not want to pursue an investigation?

If a complaining party or victim requests to remain confidential, GGC will give serious consideration to that request. Complaining parties should understand that considerations about creating a safe, non-discriminatory environment means that the College cannot guarantee complete confidentiality will be maintained. The Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance will consider all factors when making this determination.

If the complaining party does not want to pursue an investigation, then only in rare circumstances will GGC proceed to a Title IX investigation against the wishes of victim. The Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance will consider a number of factors, including the student’s wishes in deciding whether the request can be honored. Other considerations include the age of the victim, whether there is evidence of a pattern of misconduct, the severity of the misconduct and whether there is a safety risk to the victim or community.

Who can a student contact if he or she wants to discuss a Title IX related concern in a confidential manner?

Confidential consultations about sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, relationship (dating and domestic) violence and stalking are available from persons who, by law, have special professional status (mental health professionals and clergy). Campus resources for confidential reporting include Counseling and Psychological Services and Health Services.

Safety and Resources

What safety measures and accommodations are available to a student when he or she reports a Title IX related incident?

Upon a report of a Title IX concern, in certain circumstances, GGC may work with the victim to put interim measures in place to ensure a safe, hostile free environment for the student. Following an investigation and a determination that conduct prohibited by Title IX occurred, more permanent accommodations and safety measures may be implemented. Accommodations and safety measures (including interim measures) could include the following:

  • Housing accommodations
  • Counseling services
  • Academic accommodations 
  • Police escort
  • No contact directives
  • Limitation on extracurricular or athletic activities
  • Removal from GGC community
  • Other appropriate actions as necessary

Who can a student contact to ask that one or more of these safety measures and/or accommodations are put in place?

A student may contact Student Affairs, Public Safety and/or the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance.

Who can a student contact if he or she has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct?

A student who has been accused of Title IX prohibited conduct can contact the Office of Diversity and Equity Compliance. Confidential support also is available from Counseling and Psychological Services.