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Title IX Compliance

"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 (20 U.S.C. § 1681) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on the gender of students and employees of educational institutions which receive federal financial assistance. 

Virginia Union University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. VUU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or genetic information. We value a learning community in which all members feel secure physically and intellectually. Behavior that harms others or threatens campus security challenges our mission. 

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Who Is Covered by Title IX?
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. If only one of the institution’s programs or activities receives federal funding, all of the programs within the institution must comply with Title IX regulations. In compliance with Title IX, Virginia Union University prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.

University Title IX Coordinators
Brooke Berry is the University Compliance Specialist charged with monitoring University compliance of local and federal regulations. Questions regarding Title IX, as well as concerns and complaints of non-compliance, may be directed to bcberry@vuu.edu. The University has also designated Felicia Johnson, as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics. She is responsible for receiving student and employee complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence or other sexual misconduct, against other University athletes. 

Failure to Comply with Title IX
The penalty for failure to comply with Title IX in the most extreme circumstances can include the termination of all or part of an institution’s federal funding. This includes grants, subsidies, and other program funds from the federal government. In addition to the loss of federal funds, universities may be sued by those seeking redress for violations of Title IX. It is essential that institutions receiving federal financial assistances operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. To ensure the University’s compliance with the law, adherence to Title IX regulations is everyone’s responsibility.
 
Who Enforces Title IX?
The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is in charge of enforcing Title IX. Information regarding OCR can be found at www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html.

Complaints Under Title IX at Virginia Union University

Students:
If you are a student who believes you have been subjected to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence and stalking by another University student, by University faculty or staff or any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Program Coordinator. 

Employees:
If you are an employee who believes you have been subjected to sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, sexual violence, sexual harassment, dating violence and stalking by a University student, by University faculty or staff or any other form of gender discrimination under Title IX, you may report such misconduct or file a formal complaint with the Title IX Program Coordinator.

Federal and state laws prohibit the taking of retaliatory measures against any individual who files a complaint in good faith. 

Confidential Resources

Virginia Union University understands that deciding whether to make a report and choosing how to proceed can be a difficult decision. There are several resources available to provide confidential support, both on campus and in the local community. These confidential resources will not share information with the Title IX Coordinator or any other employee of the University without the individual's permission. 

Pastor Angelo Chatmon
804-257-5708

University Counseling Services
804-342-3821

 

VCU Medical Center
1250 E. Marshall Street
Richmond, VA
804-828-9000

Safe Harbor
PO Box 17996
Richmond, VA 23226
804-287-7877

YWCA
6 N. 5th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804-612-6126
24-7 Richmond Regional Hotline

LGBTQ Partner Abuse and Sexual Assault Helpline
1-866-356-6998
Monday-Friday 8am-8pm

Apps and Online Resources

Click on the links below to access useful information and resources:

Contact Information 

Brooke Harrell Berry, JD
Compliance Specialist
1500 N. Lombardy Street
C.D. King Hall, Room 103
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Phone: (804) 257-5633
Email: bcberry@vuu.edu


Felicia Johnson 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics 
Department of Athletics 
1500 N. Lombardy Street 
Barco-Stevens Gym 
Richmond, Virginia 23220 
Phone: (804) 354-5933  
Email: fmjohnson@vuu.edu  
 

Clery Act

The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education, which can impose civil penalties, up to $35,000, against institutions for each infraction and can suspend institutions from participating in federal student financial aid programs.
 

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a federal law that was enacted by Congress in 1994 and reauthorized in 2013. VAWA is aimed at ending crimes referred to as “the big four”: 

  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking
       

VAWA mandates training, tracking, reporting, and programming specifically focused on each of these “big four” areas, as well as a bystander prevention program. 
 

Campus SaVE Act

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act, is a companion to Title IX and an amendment to the Clery Act that will help improve the response to and prevention of sexual violence on campus. The Campus SaVE Act applies to all postsecondary institutions that participate in federal student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. 

SaVE requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to increase transparency about the scope of sexual violence on campus, guarantee victims enhanced rights, provide for standards in institutional conduct proceedings, and provide campus community-wide prevention educational programming. 
 

ONLINE RESOURCES

Clery Center 

Campus SaVE Act

Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice

Not Alone, US Government

Drug-Free Workplace and Campus

In accordance with Public Law 101-226 (Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989), VUU pursues and promotes a comprehensive program to prevent and correct the illegal use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by staff and students . 
The use of illicit drugs and alcohol can lead to physical and psychological dependence and damage, behavioral changes, and possible death. Even low doses may significantly impair judgment and coordination. 

VUU does not tolerate illegal drugs or alcohol on campus, and the use or possession of such substances on VUU grounds is sufficient cause for termination of a staff and student’s enrollment as well as referral of the case to appropriate legal authorities. 
Staff and students are informed at orientation that the standards of conduct clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs and alcohol; a clear statement of the specific sanctions to be imposed on student (consistent with local, state and Federal law); and a description of these sanctions, up to and including dismissal and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards. 
 

VUU 2010 – 2014 Biennial Review Report

VUU 2014 Alcohol and Drug Program

VUU 2016 Annual Security Report