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Notice of Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

  • Responsible Office: Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success
  • Current Approved Version: 08/24/2020
  • Policy Type: Administrative

Virginia Commonwealth University does not discriminate in admissions, treatment, employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; the Virginia Human Rights Act; the Virginia Personnel Act; the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2018); and other state or federal laws and university policies. VCU prohibits sexual harassment and sex-based misconduct, including sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence. VCU also prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants for employment because they have inquired about, discussed or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

As an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, VCU promotes the full realization of employment opportunity for all persons, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. VCU bases all employment decisions only on job requirements. These efforts apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, selection, hiring, promotion, and compensation.

VCU promotes equal access to its owned and controlled facilities, and to educational and employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as other applicable state and local laws and university policy. Qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination, including harassment, and are entitled to reasonable accommodations to enable their participation in and enjoyment of all university programs, services, and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding accessibility policies, the ADA, Sections 503 and 504, and related statutes and regulations: Crystal C. Coombes, Accessibility Administrator, Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success, Moseley House, 1001 Grove Ave., Box 842549, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2549, (804) 828-8532, adaservices@vcu.edu.  

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and to serve as the overall coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance: Emily J. Caputo, Director of Civil Rights Investigations and Title IX Coordinator, Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success, Moseley House, 1001 Grove Ave., Box 842549, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2549, (804) 828-1347, titleix@vcu.edu. Inquiries about the application of Title IX to VCU may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator at titleix@vcu.edu or to the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation may be directed to Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success at equity@vcu.edu. Complainants may also be filed with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity CommissionCommonwealth of Virginia Division of Human Rights and the Department of Human Resource Management

Revised, August 24, 2020

 

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