VSU Title IX

Virginia State University is committed to sustaining a discrimination and harassment free environment to each member of the university community in their academic pursuits, university dealings, or work roles and duties. The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Title IX exists to help the university community prevent and respond to all forms of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct.

The focus areas include Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title IX functions.

Have questions about the office or resources? Call 804-524-1007 or 804-524-5371 or email titleix@vsu.edu.

Julia A. Walker
Director/Office of EEO & Title IX Compliance
Virginia Hall, Floor 3
(804) 524-1007

Deborah D. Howard
Title IX Coordinator
Virginia Hall, Floor 3
(804) 524-5371

Equal Employment Opportunity

Virginia State University is committed to excellence through ensuring nondiscrimination in its academic programs and work environment.  We will take affirmative steps to ensure equal employment opportunities for all qualified applicants and employees regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, marital status, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or veteran status.  EEO rights are guaranteed by federal and state fair employment laws and are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its state counterparts.

The following are key Equal Employment Opportunity activities:

  • Monitor and support University compliance with federal and state laws and University policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment.
  • Oversee the University’s search and selection process for Academic and non-Academic Faculty Administrators and Professionals.
  • Work in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources in the hiring process to ensure compliance with nondiscrimination requirements.
  • Conduct investigations and resolve complaints of discrimination and harassment in accordance with University procedures.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to units, departments and University constituencies regarding matters relating to equal opportunity, access and non-discrimination.
  • Provide education and training to faculty, staff and students on matters related to equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment.
  • Coordinate University compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Oversee the University’s response to external complaints of discrimination in collaboration with University Legal Counsel
What is Title IX?

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that: 

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) enforces, among other statutes, Title IX. The Office of EEO & Title IX Compliance ensures the University community complies with the law in its educational programs and activities. Some key issue areas in which recipients have Title IX obligations are: recruitment, admissions, and counseling; financial assistance; athletics; treatment of pregnant and parenting students; disability accommodation; disciplinary process; academic programs and grading; housing, and employment. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or who file a complaint, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX. For a recipient to retaliate in any way is considered a violation of Title IX. The Department of Education Title IX implementing regulations (20 U.S.C. § 1681 & 34 CFR 106) provide additional information about the forms of discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent the recurrence of possible sex discrimination. An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact the Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator for Virginia State University is Deborah Howard. Her contact information is:

Deborah D. Howard, MS, VASIII
Title IX Coordinator
Office of EEO and Title IX Compliance
Virginia Hall – Room 313
1 Hayden Drive
P.O. Box 9001
Virginia State University, VA 23806
P: (804) 524-5371
F: (804) 524-6506

The Title IX Coordinator provides oversight for the investigation and resolution of all student versus student complaints of sexual assault, harassment, sexual violence, retaliation, and gender discrimination. To proactively address these issues on our campus, the Title IX Coordinator also provides general and targeted educational programs and consultation to prevent discrimination and harassment:
  • Preventative Education
    • In-person training and information sessions
    • Coordination of university mandated training for students, faculty and staff
    • Customized departmental training
    • Provide general safety tips and strategies for being an active bystander
  • Consultative Services
    • On-going communication, technical assistance and guidance on university policies and procedures to ensure consistent practices
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act mandate an equal opportunity for students and employees with disabilities – they’re entitled to access and benefit from all applicable university programs, services and facilities. The University is committed to non-discrimination in the administration of its educational programs and activities, including admission and employment practices, access to or treatment in programs and services. The law also requires that employers reasonably accommodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business. Title I of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990 is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Title II, requires that State and local entities give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities (e.g. public education, employment, transportation, recreation, health care, social services, courts, voting, and town meetings) is enforced by the Department of Justice.


Need An Accommodation?

Students wishing to request information regarding reasonable accommodation, or seeking support for health challenges or conditions, should contact Student Accessibility Services at the University Counseling Center, Room 101 Memorial Hall; (804) 524-5061; (804) 524-5001 (24-hour help line); (TTY) (804) 524-5838; (Fax) (804) 524-5978 or visit their webpage by clicking here.

Employees wishing to request information regarding reasonable accommodation, or seeking support for health challenges or conditions, should contact:

Julia A. Walker - Director/Office of EEO & Title IX Compliance
(804) 524-1007