If you choose to report, we appreciate your willingness to disclose your experience or an act that you witnesses or heard about. Our online reporting form allows you to report anonymously or share any identifying information you choose.
Please know that with anonymous reports it is difficult to take action against an offender. We can react to physical actions in which there is evidence of the incident or crime anonymously reported, such as vandalism or abusive social media. There are two ways to anonymously report identity-based bias incidents or hate crimes:
In any official report that is made to the university every effort will be made to protect your identifying information. There are multiple ways to officially report identity-based bias incidents or hate crimes:
Information about the complaint is provided only to those individuals within the University who need to know in order to investigate and/or resolve the complaint. Parties to a complaint are also expected to maintain confidentiality, and it is in their best interest to do so. Parties should not discuss the matter in the environment where the alleged behavior occurred (i.e., in the workplace, academic environment, or residence hall). If you feel intimidated or uncomfortable unless discussions can take place in confidence, Elon will respect such a request to the extent feasible. Nevertheless, we hope you will understand that, in order to correct the situation, not only for yourself, but for others in the future, some form of intervention might be needed. Sometimes this can be accomplished without necessarily confronting the person. For example, efforts can be made to increase the amount of training that is directed to a department, work unit or living unit regarding behavior without ever indicating that some one specific person's behavior is a problem. Other appropriate methods of intervention often can be developed on a case-by-case basis. The University has a duty to respond to allegations of discrimination and harassment and therefore, you cannot be guaranteed absolute confidentiality once you disclose allegations to a university official, which includes any supervisor, human resources representative or academic advisor. However, you can be assured that confidentiality is maintained to the extent possible consistent with the University’s need to respond appropriately to the situation.