Being involved in the sexual misconduct grievance process can be stressful and confusing. Having an advisor can help as you navigate the process. An advisor may be anyone of your choosing, including an attorney. The individuals listed here have volunteered to serve the Georgia Tech community by acting as advisors for parties who request it.
Culture Coordinator, College of Computing
Program & Portfolio Manager
Senior Administration Professional
Laura Sams Haynes
Director of Outreach
Andre'a McDade (Victim-Survivors only)
Assistant Director - Summer & Special Session Initiatives
Coordinator, New Student and Transition Programs
College of Computing Career Advisor
Laura Sams Haynes
Director of Outreach
Emergency & Medical Services
Community Medical & Counseling Resources
After experiencing sexual assault, harassment, intimate partner violence, or stalking, it can be helpful to talk through your options with a trained advocate. Georgia Tech makes advocates available through the VOICE at (404) 894-9000.
If you need medical attention or wish to have medical evidence collected, you can go directly to the emergency department of an area hospital that provides adult and adolescent SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) services.
Additional Information on what to do if you have experienced sexual assault is available through VOICE.
Community Medical and Counseling Resources
Grady Hospital Emergency Room
80 Jesse Hill Jr., Dr., Atlanta, GA
Clayton County Rape Crisis Center
Day League (f/k/a DeKalb Rape Crisis Center)
Feminist Women's Health Center
Grady Rape Crisis Center
Mosaic (f/k/a Gwinnett Sexual Assault Center)
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Fulton)
Partnership Against Domestic Violence (Gwinnett)
Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence
Georgia Tech faculty or staff members have various options available for receiving help with the accessibility of your websites, online documents, or IT procurement decisions.
Georgia Tech Quality Assurance (GTQA)
GTQA provides services that can help you with the accessibility of your websites, software, video, and other technologies. Services include:
- Evaluating websites for accessibility
- Testing technology products as they’re being considered for procurement
- Providing presentations and customized training for your web and online course designers and developers, content authors, instructors, and other stakeholder groups
- Providing demonstrations of assistive and ergonomic technology, scientific equipment, and furniture within an access technology showroom and assisting individuals and campus IT units in making selections
- Creating and supporting online resources to promote the development, procurement, and use of accessible technology campus-wide.
Visit oit.gatech.edu/accessibility for more information.
Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation
The College of Design's Center for Inclusive Innovation and Design (CIDI) provides practical solutions for real challenges faced daily by individuals with disabilities. CIDI offers corporate, governmental, and nonprofit memberships for services, including disability compliance consultation, braille, captioning, accessible digital content, and assistive technology. Our services are affordable, ensuring your environments become and remain accessible.
Visit cidi.gatech.edu to learn more.
If you are a victim of violence, you can file a petition for a temporary protective order. A protective order restrains the accused person, also known as the respondent, from harassing, stalking, or threatening the physical safety of the petitioner.
There is no cost to file a petition for a protective order under the state’s Family Violence Act. Petitions must be filed with the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court of the county where the respondent resides (contact information for local Superior Courts is included below).
There are three types of protective orders available in Georgia: family violence protective orders, stalking protective orders, and employer protective orders. You’ll have to specify which type of protective order you are petitioning for.
- Family violence protective orders: Victims of family violence can petition for a protective order against a spouse, family member, or household member that has committed an act of violence against the petitioner.
- Stalking protective orders: Victims of stalking can petition for a protective order against someone who has followed, surveilled, or threatened the safety of the petitioner without their consent.
- Employer protective orders: Victims of workplace violence can petition for a protective order against an employer that has threatened or committed an act of violence against the petitioner.
File a petition to the Clerk’s Office of the Superior Court of the county where the respondent resides. You must complete and sign all required paperwork. Please contact the Superior Court for information about how to submit a petition to the Clerk’s Office.
Additional information on protective orders is available at georgia.gov/get-protective-order.
VOICE can provide information on obtaining a court-issued protective order, depending on the nature of the case, but cannot provide legal representation. A violation of a court-issued order can result in criminal charges, and it is enforced anywhere in the United States. If you have a Harassment Prevention Order or Abuse Prevention Order, or a similar order issued by any court, please provide a copy to Georgia Tech Police Department. Once issued, the Office of Equity & Compliance Programs will work with you to make accommodations and enforce the order.
SUPERIOR COURT INFORMATION BY AREA COUNTY
Magistrate Court of Clayton County
Superior Court of Cobb County
Superior Court of DeKalb County
Superior Court of Fulton County
Superior Court of Gwinnett County
Planning Accessible Events
The Georgia Institute of Technology values our diverse perspectives and is committed to the full inclusion of everyone who seeks to engage with the institute. The purpose of the following guidance is to provide information on the planning of accessible and inclusive events. While this guide offers advice on inclusive event planning, please also check the Other Resources for more in-depth information.
Although this guide will assist you in creating an accessible and inclusive event no event can be completely accessible and inclusive to all people. You will need to have the ability to provide individual accommodations for your event upon request.
- Definition of Accommodations vs Accessibility
- Accommodations are different from accessibility in that they are specific and individualized for one community member. Accommodations are in place to support individuals when general accessibility principles are not sufficient. Essentially, accommodations are an individual request through a defined process. Specific accommodations may vary depending on the size of the event. A small meeting may have less accessibility built in such as Sign Language Interpreters or CART Providers and need more individual accommodations.
- Accommodation Examples
- Audio descriptions of visual materials or activities
- Braille or tactile handouts
- Captioning Services
- Sign language Interpreters
- Quiet spaces as alternatives for attending the event.
- FM Audio System
- Handouts in an accessible format
Sample Accommodation Statement
“The Georgia Institute of Technology strives to build a culture of belonging where all members of the community feel valued. For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, please contact [name] at [phone] or [email]. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations upon request.”
Visit the prospective site of the meeting or event in advance.
Conduct an assessment of the venue for accessibility starting with the surrounding area and parking lot.
Confirm that ADA parking for cars and vans are available as well as a guest drop-off that is close to the venue.
The venue should be well-lit.
Check for adequate directional signage indicating accessible parking, travel routes, and entrances.
Assess the pathway to the entrance. Are there curb cuts from the parking lot? Are there ramps or elevators? Are there stairs?
Assess the facility, including meeting rooms, dining areas, and restrooms for accessibility.
Doors should open easily.
Promotion and Registration
Designate a contact person to respond to and address requests for disability accommodations.
For larger events, include a section about accessibility available at the venue on your event website along with contact information for questions.
Use a variety of mediums to promote the event. (ex. print, email, accessible website, and captioned video)
Publicize the event early and allow yourself time to put accommodations in place.
Include a statement on web pages, captioned videos, emails, flyers, and other forms of promotion and registration materials that explains how to request a reasonable disability accommodation and who to contact with questions about accommodations and event accessibility.
Include a field in your registration for guests to indicate any necessary accommodations or dietary concerns.
Be prepared to accommodate mobility devices, assist with orientation to the facility, provide sign language interpreters, captioning, Computer-Aided Real-time Translation (CART), material in alternative texts, dietary and other accommodations.
Provide alternative registration options. (ex. email, text message, phone)
State that materials are available in alternative formats and will be provided upon request.
Registration and meeting materials as well as food and beverages should be placed where they are accessible to a person in a wheelchair.
Tables should allow knee clearance for individuals using wheelchairs. Avoid long tablecloths and allow sufficient room for individuals using mobility devices to approach tables and turn around easily.
Allow adequate clearance around and between tables, so people using mobility devices can navigate easily.
Integrate accessible seating throughout the room allowing open spaces for people using wheelchairs.
Make sure there is seating with a clear view of the interpreter for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Be prepared to provide an adjustable and/or accessible podium for speaker access. Accommodations for speakers may include but are not limited to: a ground-level podium or an accessible ramp to the stage or assistance with technology.
Be prepared to allow space in the front of the room for a sign language interpreter as well as a CART reporter and equipment.
Accessible restrooms should be in close proximity.
Staff should understand that service animals are allowed.
Make sure there are accessible routes for individuals using wheelchairs and other mobility devices in the seating areas.
Do not use tables with attached seating.
Alert your caterer early to any dietary concerns. The menu should account for dietary restrictions. Discuss with your banquet captain how you will identify individuals who have requested a special meal.
Inform presenters of the process for requesting accommodation and who to contact for accommodation and event accessibility information.
Ask presenters for presentation materials well in advance in order to timely create alternative formats.
Provide copies of materials to interpreters and/or CART reporters in advance.
Make sure visuals and text can be seen from the back of the room.
Speakers should use a microphone.
Georgia Tech Special Events and Protocol
Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation
As required by Federal Law, the following materials have been used to train Coordinator(s), investigators, decision-makers, and any person who facilitates an informal resolution process.
- Cardona Decision Webinar - Dan Schorr LLC Fall 2021
- Hearings Webinar - Dan Schorr LLC Fall 2021
- Investigative Interviews Webinar - Dan Schorr LLC Fall 2021
- ATIXA Title IX Coordinator and Administrator Training Spring 2022
- IX Issues Webinar - Dan Schorr LLC Spring 2022
- ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator One Foundations Training and Certification Summer 2022
- Appellate Decision Makers Refresher Training Fall 2020
- Hearing Panelist Refresher Training Fall 2020
- Hearing Officer Training- Student Sexual Misconduct Fall 2020
- Hearing Officer Training- Employee Sexual Misconduct Fall 2020
- USG New Sexual Misconduct & Title IX Hearing Panelist Training 2020
- USG Title IX Coordinator Training Fall 2020
- USG Title IX Advisor Training Fall 2020
- USG Title IX Investigator Refresher Training Fall 2020
- USG New Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Investigator Training 2020
GT Developed Training Materials
- Annual Compliance Campaign Sexual Misconduct Module Transcript
- Appellate Officer Training Spring 2023
- Hearing Panelist Refresher Training Spring 2023
- Misconduct Policy Primer August 2023
- New Advisor Training August 2023
- New Hearing Panelist Training August 2023
- Returning Title IX Investigator Training Spring 2023
Any questions about the relevant training of a particular individual may be directed to that individual and/or the GT Title IX Coordinator.