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Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

Title:  Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Harassment and Sexual Misconduct
Effective Date: August 2011
Revision Date: August 14, 2020
Responsible Office: Dean of Students/Compliance & Equity

Recognizing that the federal regulations were finalized May 6, 2020 with an implementation date of August 14, 2020, this policy has been approved by the President and will take effect immediately as an interim policy. Per the Creating & Maintaining Whole University Policies & Procedures, an interim policy is adopted on an emergency basis when there is not sufficient time to allow for the full approval process, but such a policy can only be in effect for up to one year.  The Faculty, Professional/Professional Faculty, Staff and Student Assemblies are being provided a full opportunity to review this interim procedure and provide feedback from their respective constituents to the Office of Compliance by December 1, 2020.

I. Scope

This policy applies to William & Mary as a whole university, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. It applies to all members of the university community, including faculty, staff and students.  This policy also applies to contractors, vendors, and other third parties. It is William & Mary policy to prohibit acts of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, retaliation and sexual misconduct as described herein and in the Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation Policy and the Violence and Threat Management Policy.  Those policies and all related procedures collectively define conduct expectations for faculty, staff and students and for third parties and provide notice of the applicable university response. 

Officially recognized organizations, such as student organizations, are subject to this policy provided that, to the extent permitted by law, social organizations such as fraternities and sororities may restrict membership to members of the same sex, and organizations whose primary purpose is religious or political may restrict their membership to those members of the university community who have similar beliefs or political affiliations.[1] 

This policy prohibits sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct by faculty, staff and students and by third parties when such conduct:

  • occurs on campus or property owned or controlled by the university (university property);
  • occurs in the context of a university employment or educational program or activity including, but not limited to, university-sponsored study abroad, research, or internship programs;
  • uses university resources, such as workplace telephones or e-mail; or
  • occurs off-campus and outside a university program or activity, but such conduct has continuing adverse effects on or poses a substantial risk of creating a hostile environment for any member(s) of the campus community while on university property or in any university program or activity.

This policy is not intended, and may not be applied, to abridge free speech or other civil rights of any individual or group. Speech and expressive conduct may, however, violate this policy; for example, offensive speech that creates a hostile environment may be prohibited sexual harassment.  This policy is not meant to prohibit academic freedom, including classroom discussion of controversial matters and research activities.[2] 

II. Purpose

Our community of trust requires that its members treat one another with respect, dignity, and fairness. This policy is designed to foster a safe environment for the members of the William & Mary community.

The university is committed to maintaining an environment that is free from sex- or gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct and in which sexual orientation and gender identity and the freedom to make individual choices regarding sexual behavior is respected by all.

Sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct by anyone is prohibited.  It will be addressed in a prompt, equitable manner in accordance with this policy and the applicable procedure.

This policy helps William & Mary comply with federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972,[3] which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (including sexual violence) in education programs or activities, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,[4]] which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sex, and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), which amended the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) and requires institutions to prohibit dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.[5]  It also helps implement William & Mary’s Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Retaliation Policy, by defining in detail sexual violence and certain other types of sexual harassment, and the Violence and Threat Management Policy.

III. Definitions

The university carefully defines the different types of sexual misconduct to help ensure compliance with the Clery Act, Title IX, and FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and the Code of Virginia. 

Complainant means an individual who is alleged to be the victim of conduct that could constitute discrimination, discriminatory harassment or retaliation.

Consent means a mutual agreement between participants to engage in specific types of sexual activity.

Discriminatory Harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a person’s belonging to or a perception that a person belongs to a protected group. For purposes of this policy, discriminatory harassment based on sex includes unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favor, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical or otherwise, when it is either severe or pervasive or constitutes “quid pro quo” harassment.

Faculty means those persons who have teaching and/or research responsibilities and who hold academic appointments in a department, program, or school of the university, as well as those administrators who hold an academic appointment in a program, school or department.

Force means to make someone do something against their will. Force includes physical violence, threats, intimidation and/or coercion.

  1. Physical violence includes hitting, punching, slapping, kicking, restraining, strangling, and brandishing or using any weapon.
  2. Threats are words or actions that would compel a reasonable person to engage in unwanted sexual activity. Examples include threats to harm oneself or another person physically, to reveal private information to harm a person’s reputation, or to cause a person academic or economic harm.
  3. Intimidation is an implied threat that causes reasonable fear in another person. A person’s size, alone, does not constitute intimidation; however, a person’s size may be used in a way that constitutes intimidation (e.g., blocking access to an exit).
  4. Coercion is an unreasonable amount of pressure on someone to:
    • participate in a particular form of sexual activity,
    • change their mind after they asked to stop or have indicated lack of consent previously,
    • change their mind about what point of sexual activity they are stopping at.

Coercion is more than an effort to persuade, entice, or attract another person to have sex. In evaluating whether coercion was used, the university will consider: (i) the frequency of the application of the pressure, (ii) the intensity of the pressure, (iii) the degree of isolation of the person being pressured, (iv) the duration of the pressure, and (v) any power differential between the parties.

Formal complaint means a document filed by a complainant or signed by the Title IX Coordinator alleging discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or retaliation, including sexual harassment or sexual misconduct against a respondent and requesting that the university investigate the allegations.

Gender-Based Harassment means discriminatory harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical or other, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature when it is unwelcome conduct and is severe or pervasive, or constitutes “quid pro quo” harassment.

Incapacitation means the physical and/or mental inability to make informed, rational judgments about whether or not to engage in sexual activity. 

Intimate Parts means the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, or buttocks of any person.

Mandatory Reporter means a faculty or staff member (including some student staff such as Resident Assistants and Teaching Assistants) of the university who is obligated by federal and/or state law to share knowledge, notice, and/or reports of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and sexual misconduct as defined in this policy with the Title IX Coordinator.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment means the submission to or rejection of sexual conduct is a term or condition of a person’s employment, academic standing, or participation in any university education programs and/or activities or is used as the basis for decisions affecting the individual.

Report means information about alleged discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or retaliation, including sexual harassment or sexual misconduct affecting a member of the university community, including a student, that is conveyed to a mandatory reporter of the university and is communicated to the Chief Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator.

Retaliation is any adverse action taken by a respondent or allied third party against a person because the person made a good faith report of sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct, or the person is involved in or participated in an investigation or proceeding of such reported allegation under this policy.  Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, threatening, intimidating, harassing, coercing or any other conduct that would deter a reasonable person from engaging in activity protected under this policy. 

Sexual Misconduct means actual or attempted:

  1. Sexual Abuse, which means an act committed for the purpose of sexually molesting, arousing, or gratifying any person without effective consent where:
    • The Respondent intentionally touches the Complainant's intimate parts or material directly covering such intimate parts;
    • The Respondent forces the Complainant to touch the Respondent's, the Complainant's own, or another person's intimate parts or material directly covering such intimate parts;
    • The Respondent forces another person to touch the Complainant’s intimate parts or material directly covering such intimate parts.
  2.  Relationship Abuse, which means physical violence, sexual violence or the threat of such violence between people who are in or have been in a romantic, intimate, or familial relationship or a pattern of abusive behavior used by an intimate partner to gain or maintain power and control over the other intimate partner. Patterns of behavior can be in the form of psychological, emotional/verbal, financial, academic, and/or technological abuse.    
  3. Sexual Assault, as defined under Title IX Sexual Harassment in this policy, that
    • Does not occur in the university’s education program or activity
    • Does not occur against a person in the United States, and
    • At the time of filing a formal complaint, did not occur against a complainant who is participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the university
  4. Sexual Exploitation, which means taking sexual advantage of another person without effective consent by causing the incapacitation of another person for a sexual purpose; causing the prostitution of another person; electronically recording, photographing, or transmitting images of a person’s intimate parts or sexual information about a person without their knowledge or consent; allowing third parties to observe sexual acts; engaging in voyeurism; distributing intimate or sexual information about another person; exposing one’s genitals; inducing another to expose their genitals; and/or knowingly transmitting a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV, to another person.
  5. Stalking, as defined under Title IX Sexual Harassment in this policy, that
    • Does not occur in the university’s education program or activity
    • Does not occur against a person in the United States, and
    • At the time of filing a formal complaint, did not occur against a complainant who is participating in or attempting to participate in the education program or activity of the university

Staff means employees who are designated by Human Resources as executive, professional, professional faculty, operational, classified and non-student hourly employees and who do not hold an academic appointment in a program, school, or department.

Student means all persons taking courses at the university, either full-time or part-time, persons pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, and persons enrolled as a non-degree seeking students. 

Title IX Coordinator means an official designated by the university who is responsible for ensuring the university’s compliance with Title IX regulations and the person who is responsible for coordination of any process for investigation and adjudication of discrimination, discriminatory harassment, retaliation, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, or sexual misconduct.

Title IX Sexual Harassment means conduct on the basis of sex that satisfies one or more of the following:

  • A faculty or staff member of the recipient conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the university on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
  • Unwelcome conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to the university’s education program or activity; or
  • Any of the following without regard to if the conduct is severe, pervasive and objectively offensive:

1. Sexual assault as defined in 20 U.S.C. 1092(f)(6)(A)(v) is an offense that meets the definition of rape, fondling, incest, or statutory rape as used in the FBI’s UCR program.

  • Rape— The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
  • Fondling—The touching of intimate parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
  • Incest—Sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  • Statutory Rape—Sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

2. Domestic Violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(8), means a felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed:

  • By a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim;
  • By a person with whom the victim shares a child in common;
  • By a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner
  • By a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred, or
  • By any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime of violence occurred.

3. Dating violence as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(10), means violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim.

  • The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
  • For the purposes of this definition dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse and does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence.
4. Stalking as defined in 34 U.S.C. 12291(a)(30) means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to
  • Fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or
  • Suffer substantial emotional distress. (ii) For the purposes of this definition
Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
  1. Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the victim.
  2. Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling
IV. Policy

A. Misconduct

The following types conduct as defined in Section III of this policy are prohibited and are a violation of university policy.  Persons who violate the policy are subject to sanctions as described in the applicable procedure.

  1. Title IX Sexual Harassment
  2. Discriminatory Harassment
  3. Gender-Based Harassment
  4. Quid Pro Quo Harassment
  5. Sexual Misconduct
  6. Retaliation
    • Separate disciplinary action shall be imposed if there is a finding of responsibility for retaliation. Retaliation may be present even where there is a finding of “no responsibility” on the allegations of sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct. Retaliation does not include good faith actions lawfully pursued in response to a report of sexual or gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct or adverse actions taken for legitimate non-discriminatory purposes (e.g. employee discipline for tardiness, student honor code charges for separate plagiarism incident).

 B. Application of Consent

Members of the university community choosing to engage in any form of sexual activity – from touching or kissing to intercourse – must obtain consent from their partner(s) prior to engaging in such activity.  Appendix A provides guidance on obtaining consent and exercising caution when consumption of alcohol or drugs occurs.   

Consent is Active, Voluntary, Informed:

  • Active – through clear words or actions, a person has indicated permission to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Sex is something you participate in -- not something that happens to you.
  • Voluntary – freely given.
  • Informed – knowing and aware.

Consent is NOT:

  • Merely a lack of protest or lack of resistance. Silence and/or passivity also do not convey consent.
  • Something to be assumed. Consent to sexual activity once does not imply consent another time. Nor does consent to one type of sexual activity mean consent to another.
  • Valid if any force is used. 
  • Valid if the person consenting is incapacitated. Someone who is incapacitated cannot consent.   

A person’s belief that another person consented is not valid when:

  • The belief arose from the person’s own intoxication or recklessness; or
  • The person knew the other person was incapacitated (as described below; or
  • A reasonable person, in the circumstances, should have known that the other person was incapacitated.

Consent is specificConsent to one form of sexual activity does not constitute consent to another form of sexual activity. For example:  

  • Consent to oral-genital contact does not constitute consent to vaginal or anal penetration;
  • Consent to sexual activity on one occasion does not, by itself, constitute consent to future sexual activity.

Consent is revocable

  • Consent may be withdrawn at any time, for any reason, even after sexual activity has begun.
  • Previously-given consent may be withdrawn by communicating through clear words or actions a decision to stop (or not engage in) the sexual activity.
  • Once consent is withdrawn, the other person must cease sexual activity without delay and may not apply undue pressure on the person who withdrew consent (coercion).

Consent obtained by force is invalid.

C. Application of Incapacitation

Someone who is incapacitated cannot give consent and any consent that is given is considered invalid due to incapacitation. 

An individual’s incapacitation may be due to:

  • Alcohol or drugs;
  • Sleep or unconsciousness; or
  • An intellectual or other disability.

Not all changes in emotional or mental state, however, constitute incapacitation. Someone who is upset, tired, or intoxicated (for example) may make different choices than they would when they were in a calm, rested, or sober state, but that does not mean that they lack capacity to give consent.  Alcohol consumption, particularly rapid consumption or consumption together with other drugs, can prevent the formation of long-term memories (“blackout”); someone who (temporarily) cannot form long-term memories may or may not have the capacity to consent.  

In situations where both parties raise concerns regarding consent due to incapacitation, the university evaluates factors such as: 

  • When and in what context the concerns were raised
  • How the sexual activity was initiated
  • The degree to which aggression was applied and/or
  • The level of a party’s control or capacity

If someone is incapacitated, any initiation of sexual activity by this person does not constitute consent. 

In evaluating consent in cases of alleged incapacitation, the university asks two questions: (1) Did the respondent know that the reporting party was incapacitated? and if not, (2) Would a sober, reasonable person in the same situation have known that the reporting party was incapacitated? If the answer to either of these questions is “YES,” consent was invalid and the conduct is likely a violation of this policy.

V. Reporting Matters

A. Internal Reports

Reporting sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct allows William & Mary to take prompt, supportive measures to protect and support individuals in their educational or work environments. Supportive measures may be provided even if the Complainant does not want to initiate a university administrative process or a criminal process.  Additional information about supportive measures is provided in the relevant procedures.[6]

Reports of sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and sexual misconduct may be made to:

Pamela Mason, J.D., CCEP 
Chief Compliance Officer/Title IX Coordinator
109 James Blair Hall 
William & Mary 
Williamsburg, VA 23185 

Employees (faculty, staff and certain student employees, e.g. resident assistants, graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants) who are designated as a Mandatory Reporter are required to report conduct prohibited by this policy directly to the Title IX Coordinator. Students or employees who have themselves experienced misconduct may, but are not required to, report sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct to the Title IX Coordinator.  Methods of reporting include:

  1. Online reports

William & Mary's online reporting portal provides options for anyone to report a sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or sexual misconduct concern.

  • Reports involving a student as either a complainant or accused (e.g. student to student; student – employee/3rd party contractor; employee/3rd party contractor – student):

  • Reports involving only employees/3rd party contractor as complainant and accused:

 Coming Soon                    

  1. In-person or written reports (mail or email)

Reports relating to students:
Dean of Students
Campus Center, Room 109
William & Mary 
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

Reports relating to students or employees:  

Office of Compliance & Equity
James Blair Hall Suite 110
William & Mary 
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, Virginia 23187

  1. Anonymous reports

Anonymous reports as well as partial disclosure reports of incidents involving students may be made by non-mandatory reporters online

Anonymous reports or partial disclosure reports of incidents involving students or employees made by non-mandatory reporters may be filed physically using the secure drop box located outside of the Office of Compliance & Equity on the first floor of James Blair Hall.   

William & Mary Police may accept anonymous reports of sexual assault, which will be included in the university's crime statistics if appropriate under the Clery Act.   The Police can also assist survivors with the process of having physical evidence collected (PERK), anonymously, and maintained.  This gives survivors the option of later deciding whether and how to use such evidence.  Please note that if you provide the Police with specific information, such as names, they will be obligated to share that information with the Title IX Coordinator. 

William & Mary Police dispatch can be contacted at (757) 221-4596 or in person at 201 Ukrop Way.

  1. Reports to the police

Sexual assault and some other forms of sexual misconduct are crimes, and may be reported to law enforcement for investigation.  The reports may be made instead of or in addition to reports made to the university administration.  A survivor may choose to pursue one or both options.   William & Mary staff members can help students file a criminal complaint, if desired.   

B. Confidential Reports 

For Students: 

Students who are not sure whether they want to make a formal complaint are encouraged to contact  The Haven.  The Haven can provide confidential support, timely health and safety information, on and off campus resources, modifications to academics and campus living, and help a survivor  understand the rights and options available to them.

The Haven
Campus Center 166
(757) 221-2449

Liz Cascone, Director, The Haven
Campus Center 167
(757) 221-7478

Other confidential resources for students on campus are: 

William & Mary Counseling Center
McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, 2nd Floor

(757) 221-3620 

Student Health Center
McLeod Tyler Wellness Center, 1st Floor
(757) 221-4386 

 For Employees:

 The University Ombuds


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

  • COVA Care and COVA HDHP                   

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Anthem EAP:  1-855-223-9277

Log in:  Commonwealth of Virginia

  • COVA HealthAware


Aetna EAP:  1-888-6232

Username: COVA  Password:  COVA

  • Anthem Crisis Line - 1-855-223-9277 Press 1 for Crisis

Community Services Board

Telehealth services 757-230-3200

C. Reports to External Agencies

Individuals experiencing harassment or discrimination also have the right to file a formal grievance with government authorities.  Information about the different state and federal governmental agencies, which laws they enforce, and what types of complaints they handle is provided in Appendix B.

D. Requests Not to Investigate

The university will not begin an internal investigation without a formal complaint signed by the Complainant and submitted to the Title IX Coordinator, or without a formal complainant signed by the Title IX Coordinator when the circumstances and risk factors of the report indicate a safety concern for the university community.  The university must consider its obligation to other students or employees and the campus community. In addition, Virginia law requires the university to report sexual violence incidents to law enforcement and/or the relevant prosecutor, in certain circumstances.[7] 

The university makes every effort to protect the privacy and confidentiality of people who report or are named in a report of sexual misconduct. Information reported will be shared only on a need-to-know basis. The university also takes steps to protect members of its community against further misconduct, including retaliation.  Confidentiality and retaliation protections exist in part to help encourage people who experience misconduct to come forward.  For people who remain concerned about personal disclosures or who do not want investigation to occur there are options:

  • If you have experienced misconduct yourself, you can make an anonymous report (Section IV.A.3)
  • If you are a student who is not a mandatory reporter because of your student employment role (e.g. resident assistant, teaching assistant), you can make a report of misconduct that happened to someone else without disclosing the name of the survivor and/or offender.
  • A person may report sexual misconduct with names, but may request that the name of the survivor of the misconduct remain confidential.
  • A person may also request that the university not take action in response to a sexual misconduct incident of which it becomes aware. The university will consider this request carefully. 
E. Amnesty from Student Discipline 

In order to facilitate full and truthful reporting and witness participation, the Dean of Students generally does not charge parties or material witnesses with Code of Conduct violations for drug or alcohol misconduct, such as consuming alcohol underage or consuming illegal drugs, unless such behavior relates directly to the sexual misconduct allegation.  An example of a Code of Conduct violation that relates directly to a sexual misconduct allegation would be provision of alcohol to an underage reporting party by a respondent, when there is an allegation that the respondent provided the alcohol as a means to facilitate a sexual assault.

VI. Enforcement; Complaint/Investigation Procedures

Any person who is found to have violated this policy under the applicable procedure is subject to discipline, up to and including permanent dismissal or termination. Disciplinary action (sanctions) will be taken in accordance with the applicable procedure: 

Both procedures provide for a thorough investigation with equitable rights for all parties to the process.  Both procedures use a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not) standard. 

VII. Approval and Amendment

This policy was approved by the President, who has authorized the Title IX Coordinator to make minor, technical amendments to this policy, such as to update contact information.

The policy was amended

  • effective February 6, 2015, with the primary changes being to separate the policy from the procedure and (2) incorporate new definitions of certain types of sexual misconduct to comply with the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). This policy was amended on an interim basis by the President effective August 17, 2015, with the primary changes being (1) expansion of its application to faculty and staff and certain third parties and (2) modifications to the initial review of reports and employee reporting obligations, to comply with state law effective July 1, 2015.  The interim revisions were approved in final policy by the President effective August 19, 2016, in amendments that included revisions to certain definitions and various other minor revisions. 
  • by the President effective October 20, 2017, to revise to make clarifying revisions to the definitions of relationship violence, sexual harassment, consent, and retaliation, and to update contact information.
  • by the Title IX Coordinator April 25, 2018, to update contact information and add hyperlinks.
  • by the President effective August 22, 2018, to (1) expand the discussion of intoxication and consent, (2) modify the amnesty provision, (3) modify the description of interim measures, and (4) update contact information. 
  • by the President effective September 30, 2019 to (1) amend policy definitions of sexual or gender-based harassment, non-consensual sexual intercourse, and relationship violence; (2) clarify the definitions of consent and incapacitation and provide specific guidance in Appendix A.
  • by the President effective August 14, 2020 to comply with Department of Education amendments to part 106 of title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations and to Code of Virginia Amendments to 23.1-900.

VIII. Related Documents, Policies, and Procedures

Appendix A: Guidance on Obtaining Consent and Exercising Caution

Appendix B: External Reporting Options
Appendix C: How Complaints and Reports are Handled – Investigation Procedures

Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment, Retaliation Policy

Violence and Threat Management Policy


[1] This provision reflects the rights granted by Section II of the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and complies with Section 23.1-400 of the Code of Virginia.

[2] The procedure used to review and respond to reports of discrimination and harassment by faculty includes special protections designed to ensure academic freedom is respected.

[3] Title IX appears in volume 20 of the U.S. Code, beginning at section 1681.  Implementing regulations are found in Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 106 and are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

[4] Title VII appears in volume 42 of the U.S. Code, beginning at section 2000e.

[5] VAWA is known as Public Law 113-4.  The Clery Act is found in volume 20 of the U.S. Code, section 1092(f).  Implementing regulations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education and will be published in Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 668.46.

[6] Student Discrimination Compliant Procedure or Employee Discrimination Complaint Procedure