Information for Families

Preparing your child for college for the first time can be incredibly rewarding but also can be challenging. One challenge you may have is how to talk to your child about sexual violence; or you may have concerns about what Emory University is doing to prevent and respond to sexual assaults, intimate partner violence, and stalking on our campus. In this section of our website we have included pertinent material for parents, guardians, and other caring family members of Emory students. Although you may not be with us on campus, you are an important part of the Emory community. We also have included answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about sexual assault on college campuses. If you have additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at the Respect Program via or 404.727.1514.

What is the Respect Program?

The Respect Program engages the entire Emory community in preventing and responding to sexual assault and relationship violence. We use a public health and student engagement approach, utilizing population-level strategies to promote a community free from sexual and relationship violence while also offering support and resources to individuals who have experienced violence. We educate, train, lecture, and advocate for healthier relationship norms; increased knowledge around consent, support, and what violence looks like; respectful sexuality and sexual communication; and effective institutional policies and procedures relating to these issues.

Why does this issue matter?

Approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 33 men will experience some form of sexual violence during their time at college. Rates of violence are even greater within transgender and gender non-conforming communities. Prevention must start earlier, even before students ever arrive on campus. It starts with understanding Emory’s values and how we as a community are all responsible for supporting each other and condemning violence in all its forms. Education on this issue is the critical first step. We hope you take the time to read through the materials provided here and take a moment to talk with your current/future Emory student about their role in preventing sexual violence on campus.

A note on pronouns

A subtle but important way that we continue to improve Emory’s campus climate and promote a culture of inclusivity and safety is by altering our language; in particular the pronouns that we use to describe individuals. In addition to gender-specific pronouns (“he, him, his” and “she, her, hers”), on this site we also use the terms “ze” and “hir,” which are gender-neutral pronouns, as are “they” and “their”. We feel it is important to utilize many different pronouns for several reasons. 1) We do not know the gender of your student; and 2) These terms allow us to center the experience of individuals who may identify using a variety of personal pronouns. We fully acknowledge that this is not an exhaustive list of pronouns and language continues to evolve. The use of these terms throughout our website is a small language adjustment we have made to make our resources more inclusive and accessible to our students—whether they identify as a man, woman, transgender, queer, genderqueer, or with any other term.