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Title IX

"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..."
20 U.S.C. § 1681

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. If only one of an educational institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX and its implementing regulations. Consistent with this obligation, the University prohibits discrimination, including harassment and sexual violence, on the basis of sex in all of its programs and activities, including academics, employment, athletics, and other extracurrcicular activities. 

Compliance with Title IX is everyone’s responsibility. The information below provides an overview of who you may contact with questions about Title IX and how you can report conduct that violates Title IX.


COMPLAINTS ALLEGING PROHIBITED CONDUCT UNDER TITLE IX

A. Reports of Sexual or Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

If you believe you have been subjected to sexual assault, sexual exploitation, intimate partner violence, stalking, complicity, or sexual or gender-based harassment by a student, employee, or third party, or have been retaliated against for reporting such conduct or participating in an investgation related to such conduct, please consult the University’s Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence (“SH/IPV Policy”)

The SH/IPV Policy is organized as a central, unified policy that covers students, employees, contractors, vendors, visitors, guests or other third-parties within the University’s control and includes separate appendices for students and employees. Appendix A includes procedures for investigating and resolving reports against University students; Appendix A-1 includes a Resource and Reporting Guide for students. Appendix B includes procedures for investigating and resolving reports against University employees; Appendix B-1 includes a Resource and Reporting Guides for employees. Appendix C summarizes the University’s education, training, and prevention programs for both students and employees. 

Under the SH/IPV Policy, you may report prohibited conduct through the University’s Just Report It website, http://www.virginia.edu/justreportit/, which also permits anonymous reporting. You may also report the prohibited conduct to the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator directly by telephone at (434) 297-7988, by email to titleixcoordinator@virginia.edu, or in person at O'Neil Hall, Room 037, during regular office hours (8:30 AM-5:00 PM, M-F).

If you have any questions about the SH/IPV Policy, please contact the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.

B. Complaints of Other Forms of Sex or Gender-Based Discrimination

If you believe you have been subjected to a form of sex or gender-based discrimination not covered by the SH/IPV Policy, or have been subjected to retaliation for reporting such conduct or participating in an investigation related to such conduct, please consult the University’s Preventing and Addressing Discrimination and Harassment (PADH) policy and the Preventing and Addressing Retaliation (PAR) policy. The PADH and PAR policies establish procedures (“PADHR Complaint Procedures”) for reporting, investigating, and resolving these concerns. Examples of sex or gender-based discrimination covered by the PADH Policy include allegations of different treatment in athletic or STEM programs because of your sex or gender identity. If you have any questions about which policies and procedures govern your situation, please contact the EOCR office at (434) 924-3200. 

C. External Complaints

Complaints alleging violations of Title IX may also be made directly to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at OCR@ed.gov or (800) 421-3481. For more information, please see: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

 

Please note that University policy and federal and state law prohibit retaliation against any individual who reports in good faith discrimination or harassment based on sex or gender or who participates in an investigation of such reports.