Report Harassment, Discrimination, or Sexual Assault

Who may file a complaint?

Any person (e.g., faculty, staff, student, visitor) may report what they believe to be an act of discrimination or harassment based on race/ethnicity, age, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy to the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Title IX Compliance as soon as possible after the alleged incident(s).

The University's grievance procedures provide prompt and equitable methods of investigation and resolution of reports of prohibited conduct for all members of the university community.  Prompt and appropriate action will be taken to eliminate prohibited conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.  Reasonable and appropriate measures will be implemented 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.

How do students file complaints?

Students wishing to file or report discrimination and/or Title IX concerns about a staff member or faculty member should contact:

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

Students wishing to file or report discrimination and/or Title IX concerns about a fellow student should contact:

Deborah D. Howard - Title IX Coordinator
(804) 524-5371
titleix@vsu.edu  

Students wishing to file or report Title IX concerns (sexual assault and sexual violence) about another student should contact VSU Police (804) 524-5411 or (804) 524-5360; Address: 21012 Service Rd; Email: Police@vsu.edu, OR contact the Office of Student Conduct; (804) 524-5866 or (804) 524-5504; Foster Hall-Room 306; Email: cbraxton@vsu.edu. 

Additional Reporting Options

Students may also file or report Title IX concerns anonymously about themselves or others in any one of the following ways:

  1. Online Options: anonymousreporting@vsu.edu OR titleix@vsu.edu
  2. University Counseling Center
  3. Title IX Coordinator
  4. The LiveSafe App contacts VSU police directly

Reporting sexual violence anonymously may limit VSU's ability to respond fully and effectively to sexual violence complaints, but it is an available option. Anonymous reporting is only available to VSU students who are not Responsible Reporters. VSU Responsible Reporters must report directly to the Title IX Coordinator.

Filing a Complaint with the Office of Civil Rights

If you have concerns about the way in which an institution is handling a Title IX violation, you have the right to file a formal complaint with the Office of Civil Rights. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) handles all Title IX complaints. Generally, an OCR complaint must be filed within 180 days of the incident. Electronic complaint forms can be found on the OCR’s website.

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.

How do employees file complaints?

Employees wishing to file or report discrimination and/or Title IX concerns about a work colleague, faculty member, supervisor, university administrator or student should contact:

Julia A. Walker - Director/Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Title IX Compliance
(804) 524-1007
jawalker@vsu.edu 

Employees wishing to file or report Title IX concerns relating to sexual assault and sexual violence about a work colleague, faculty member, supervisor, university administrator or student should contact:

VSU Police (804) 524-5411 or (804) 524-5360;
Address: 21012 Service Rd;
Email: Police@vsu.edu,

OR you may contact the Office of Student Conduct when the accused party is a student;

(804) 524-5866 or (804) 524-5504;
Foster Hall-Room 306;
Email: cbraxton@vsu.edu.

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
jawalker@vsu.edu 

Complainant and Respondent Rights

Complainants and Respondents are afforded the following rights in the complaint process:

  • To be treated with respect, dignity, and sensitivity throughout the process.
  • To seek support services at the University or referrals for support services off campus.
  • To privacy and protection under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and privacy of an individual’s medical and related records generally protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). Access to an Employee’s personnel records may be restricted in accordance with Virginia privacy laws and, where applicable, Department of Human Resources Management (“DHRM”) Policy 6.05 Personnel Records Disclosure and DHRM Policy 6.10 Records Management, as applicable. The University will make all reasonable efforts to ensure preservation of privacy, restricting information to those with a legitimate need to know.
  • To be informed of the University’s Policies and Procedures related to Sexual Misconduct.
  • To a prompt, equitable and thorough investigation of the allegations.
  • To have a support/advisor/advocate person present during all phases of the complaint process, including administrative review and appeal meetings *.
  • To have information related to the alleged violation be reviewed with him/her/them by the Title IX Investigator during an administrative review meeting and an opportunity to respond in writing.
  • To refrain from making self-incriminating statements. However, the Title IX Investigator will determine a resolution with the information that is available.
  • To appeal either the decision or the sanctions determined by the Title IX Administrator/Coordinator (or designee).
  • To be notified, in writing, of the case resolution – including the outcome of any appeal.
  • To report the incident to law enforcement, if desired.
  • To understand that information collected in this process may be subpoenaed in criminal or civil proceedings.
*The complainant and respondent may be accompanied by a “support person/advisor/advocate” during all phases of the complaint process. The “support person/advisor/advocate” must be a current member of the Virginia State University community, not otherwise involved in the incident or investigation, a family member, or attorney. The role of the “support person/advisor/advocate” at any administrative review or appeal meeting is that of an observer and/or advisor.