Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to providing an environment free from sexual misconduct, assault, harassment or any sex/gender discrimination that may violate Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other state and federal laws.
VCU will take prompt and appropriate action to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects. VCU will also offer reasonable and appropriate measures to protect a complainant and facilitate the complainant’s continued access to university employment or education programs and activities. Such measures may include no-contact directives, residence modifications, academic modifications and counseling.
VCU offers care and support and encourages people to seek help as soon as possible; also, as time passes, important evidence may be lost. The VCU community can contact the VCU Police Department (which offers the You Have Options program), VCU Health System Forensic Nurse Services (through the Emergency Department), and for students, Student Health Services and University Counseling Services. Students can explore, in a confidential setting, available options based on individual circumstances, by contacting advocates located in University Counseling Services at MyOptions@vcu.edu.
All reports of prohibited conduct will be addressed and resolved. Investigations of prohibited conduct will be conducted by civil rights investigators in Equity and Access Services. Those who violate the policy will face disciplinary action up to and including termination or expulsion.
All VCU employees are defined by the policy as either confidential employees or responsible employees. All responsible employees have a responsibility to immediately report incidents of prohibited conduct involving sexual assault, sexual exploitation and partner or relationship violence to the Title IX Coordinator.
Supervisors, management and human resources professionals are required to report incidents regarding sex or gender-based discrimination to the university’s Title IX Coordinator. Reporting is required when such supervisors, management and human resource professionals know (by reason of a direct or indirect disclosure) or reasonably should know, of such incidents or conduct. For academic faculty, supervisors include department chairs, deans and other unit administrators.
VCU’s Interim Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Interim Sex-Based Misconduct Policy apply to the entire university community and third parties. The policies provide a fair and impartial process for all parties.
These policies apply to all conduct that occurs on or after the effective date of these policies. Where the date of the conduct precedes the effective date of these policies, the definitions of misconduct and the procedures in the Sexual Misconduct/Violence and Sex/Gender Discrimination Policy, dated August 5, 2015, as revised March 13, 2016 shall be used to address, investigate and/or resolve the matter.