VSU Title IX

Virginia State University prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and retaliation, as defined by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its new implementing regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Education. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that provides No person in the United States shall, based on sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any Educational Program or Activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” 

The University does not discriminate based on sex in its educational, extracurricular, athletic, or other programs and activities or in the context of employment, as described in the Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy, 1104. The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from sex discrimination and sexual harassment. Title IX also prohibits retaliation. To that end, the University prohibits any member of the campus community from intimidating, threatening, coercing, or discriminating against any individual for the purpose of interfering with any right or privilege secured by Title IX, or because the individual has made a report or complaint, testified, assisted, or participated or refused to participate in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing.

Consistent with the Department of Education’s regulations, the University’s’ Title IX Complaint Resolution Procedures, 1105, provide for the prompt and equitable resolution of formal complaints of prohibited harassment or discrimination. The University, through the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX Compliance (EEO & Title IX Compliance hereafter), will take action to promptly and equitably respond to reports of sexual harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. 

The University may address alleged incidents of discrimination, harassment or other misconduct that are not covered by Title IX regulations using other University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Prevention Policy, 1101 and the Discrimination Grievance Procedures, 1103.  See “Policies and Procedures” for more related policies and federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination.

Have questions about these policies and procedures? Call 804-524-5371 or email titleix@vsu.edu.

Deborah D. Howard
Title IX Coordinator
Virginia Hall, Room 313