Georgia Tech encourages individuals to seek assistance for incidents involving discrimination and discriminatory harassment. The Equity & Compliance Programs team provides individuals with information about resources, supportive measures, voluntary remedies, reporting options, and resolution pathways.
The Institute will offer and implement appropriate and reasonable supportive measures to individuals participating in the Institute’s educational programs or activities upon notice of alleged discriminatory harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.
Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the parties to restore or preserve access to the Institute’s education program or activity, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the Institute’s educational environment, and/or deter discriminatory harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation.
One of the coordinators (ADA or Title IX) promptly makes supportive measures available to the parties upon receiving notice, including incident reports, or a complaint. At the time that supportive measures are offered to individuals, the Institute will inform the impacted party, in writing, that they may file a formal complaint with the Institute either at that time or in the future if they have not done so already for certain allegations. Supportive measures are available whether or not an individual elects to file a formal complaint. Equity & Compliance programs work with each individual to ensure that their wishes are taken into account with respect to the supportive measures that are planned and implemented.
To respect the privacy of the parties, the Institute will limit notification of supportive measures to those who implement the actions or who are otherwise affected by the actions. The Institute will implement measures in a way to minimize the academic impact on the parties and in a manner that does not unreasonably burden the other party.
Supportive measures may be offered, as appropriate, to either or both parties prior to an investigation or while an investigation is pending.
These actions may include, but are not limited to:
- Referral to counseling, medical, and/or other healthcare services
- Referral to community-based service providers
- Visa and immigration assistance
- Student financial aid counseling
- Education to the community, community subgroup(s), and opportunities for voluntary individual education
- Assistance with altering campus housing assignment(s)
- Assistance with altering work arrangements for on-campus employees or student-employees
- Safety planning
- Coordinating campus safety escorts
- Providing transportation accommodations referrals
- Implementing contact limitations (no contact orders) between the parties
- Academic support, extensions of deadlines, or other course/program-related adjustments
- Class schedule modifications, withdrawals, or leaves of absence
- Trespass, Persona Non-Grata (PNG), timely warnings (issued by GT Police)
- Increased security and monitoring of certain areas of the campus
- Any other actions deemed appropriate by the appropriate Coordinator
Violations of no-contact orders will be referred to the appropriate student or employee conduct processes for enforcement.
The Institute may impose interim protective measures before the final outcome of an investigation and until the final resolution of the allegations if failure to take the interim measures would constitute an immediate threat to the safety and well-being of the alleged victim or other members of the Institute community, or to ensure equal access to the Institute's education programs and activities. Before any such measures are imposed, however, the Institute will, where practicable, provide the respondent with an initial opportunity to respond to the allegations and to the imposition of any interim protective measures specifically.
The imposition of interim protective measures does not indicate that a violation of policy has occurred, and is designed to protect the alleged victim and community, and not to harm the respondent. To the extent interim measures are imposed, they will be designed to minimize the burden on both the alleged victim and the respondent, where feasible.
Interim measures may include, but are not limited to:
- Change of housing assignment;
- Issuance of a "no contact" directive;
- Restrictions or bars to entering certain Institute property;
- Changes to academic or employment arrangements, schedules, or supervision;
- Interim suspension; and
- Other measures designed to promote the safety and well-being of the parties and the Institute community.
An interim suspension will only occur where necessary to maintain safety and will be limited to those situations where the respondent poses a serious and immediate danger or threat to persons or property. In making such an assessment, the Institute will consider the existence of a significant risk to the health or safety of the alleged victim or the campus community, the nature, duration, and severity of the risk, the probability of potential injury, and whether less restrictive means can be used to significantly mitigate the risk.
Before an interim suspension is issued, the Institute will make every reasonable effort to give the respondent the opportunity to be heard on whether his or her presence on campus poses a danger. If an interim suspension is issued, the terms of the suspension take effect immediately. When requested by the respondent, a hearing to determine whether the intermediate suspension should continue will be held within three (3) business days of the request.