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Sexual Misconduct Policy: Overview

As an educational institution, the University of Richmond values a learning community in which all members feel secure, physically and intellectually. The University of Richmond prohibits discrimination and harassment against applicants, students, faculty, or staff on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, status as a veteran, or any classification protected by local, state, or federal law.

Sexual misconduct is prohibited at the University of Richmond. Sexual misconduct is a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, dating/relationship violence, domestic violence, and stalking.

As a recipient of federal funds, the University of Richmond complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). Title IX provides: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Scope of Policy

This sexual misconduct policy ("Policy") applies to all students (regardless of current enrollment status), employees (including staff, faculty, and Resident Assistants), applicants for admission, and third parties, such as contractors or vendors serving the University or visitors to the University.

The Policy shall apply to conduct that occurs on the campus of the University, on or in off-campus buildings or property of the University, and at University sponsored activities, including off-campus education programs and activities, or on public property, as defined below.  For purposes of this Policy, the term “campus” includes any building or property owned or controlled by the University within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the University and used by the University in direct support of, or in a manner related to, its educational purposes, including residence halls and apartments and any building or property within or reasonably contiguous to the campus that is owned by the University, is frequently used by students, and supports University purposes.  For purposes of this policy the term “off-campus buildings or property of the University” includes any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization officially recognized by the University and any building or property owned or controlled by the University, used in direct support of, or in relation to, the University’s educational purposes, and frequently used by students.   For purposes of this policy, the term "public property" includes streets, sidewalks, or parking facilities within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus.

The Policy also applies to University students studying abroad through a University-approved study abroad program.

The Policy applies to conduct involving a University student that occurs at other locations or in connection with other activities if the Vice President for Student Development or his/her designee, the Title IX Coordinator, or the Associate Vice President for Human Resources determines that such conduct may adversely affect any member of the University community, the University itself, or its educational programs.  Regardless of the location of an incident of possible sexual misconduct, Responsible Employees, including all faculty, must report the incident, and all other staff and students are strongly encouraged to report so that appropriate action may be taken and support and resources may be provided to the individual or individuals involved.

If the reported sexual misconduct involves a student at another university or educational institution, the University, after considering the confidentiality wishes of the person who experienced the misconduct and applicable privacy laws, may call the appropriate authorities at that institution to make them aware of the alleged misconduct.

Summary of the University's Obligation

The University of Richmond has an obligation to make reasonable efforts to investigate and appropriately address reports of sexual misconduct (as defined in this policy).  As more fully explained in this policy, this obligation applies even when the complainant does not wish to participate in an investigation.  Upon receipt of a complaint, report, or information about sexual misconduct, the University will respond in an effort to stop such misconduct, eliminate any hostile environment, take reasonable steps to prevent a recurrence of such misconduct, and address any effect that such misconduct may have on the larger University community.

Questions or More Information

For questions about sex discrimination in education, please contact the University's Interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Tracy Cassalia, at (804) 289-8646.  Further information about Title IX and sex discrimination in education is available from the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC, 20202-1100; 800-421-3481;