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Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

This policy is designed to foster adherence to the University of Richmond's non-discrimination statement and to ensure compliance with applicable laws.

Scope

This policy applies to the University of Richmond and all of its Affiliates.  As used in this policy, the term "Affiliates" means organizations or entities in which the University owns a controlling interest or has the right to elect the majority of the entity's governing board. The University shall also apply this policy, to the extent practicable, to the conduct of contractors and other third parties providing services on the University campus.

Policy

General Policy

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. 

As a recipient of federal funds, the University complies with federal laws prohibiting discrimination, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX).  Title IX provides that: "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."

The University is committed to preventing and responding to conduct that violates its non-discrimination policy.  Any individual whose conduct violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable University policies and procedures.

For questions about sex discrimination in education, please contact the University's Title IX Coordinator and Director of Compliance, Maura Smith, Maryland Hall, Room 102A, (804) 289-8654.   Further information about Title IX and sexual 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; OCR@ed.gov; or http://www.ed.gov/ocr.

Should I Report Concerns about Discrimination?

The University strongly encourages prompt reporting of incidents that may constitute discrimination or harassment.   Any member of the University community who believes that he or she may have been or knows someone who may have been discriminated against or subjected to harassment, including sexual harassment, in violation of the University’s policy, should report that concern or those concerns.

The University prohibits retaliation or retribution, in any form, against an individual who reports, in good faith, an actual, potential or suspected violation of this policy. See http://www.richmond.edu/compliance/non-retaliation.html.

How Do I Report A Concern of Possible Discrimination?

If you believe that you or someone you know has been discriminated against in violation of the University’s policy against discrimination, you should report your concerns as follows:

For cases involving students, either as the subject of the alleged discrimination or as the person alleged to be discriminating, contact:

  • Molly Field, interim Deputy Title IX Coordinator at (804) 289-8617, or
  • Dan Fabian, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean for Richmond College at (804) 289-8835.

For disability related concerns, contact:

  • Tinina Cade, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Development and Disability Coordinator at (804) 289-8032.

For matters involving faculty or staff either as the subject of possible discrimination, or as the person alleged to be discriminating, contact:

  • Carl Sorensen, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President of Human Resource at (804) 289-8166.

You may also contact Maura Smith, Title IX Coordinator & Director of Compliance, at (804) 289-8654.

While the University encourages people to report concerns regarding alleged discrimination directly to the individuals listed above, reports may also be made via the University’s Ethics and Compliance Helpline. The Ethics and Compliance Helpline can be reached toll free at (888) 256-4925 or by submitting an online report at www.reportlineweb.com/richmond.

How Does the University Respond to Reports or Complaints of Discrimination?

Students: For information on how the University responds to reports or complaints of discrimination involving students see the University of Richmond Policy on Preventing and Responding to Discrimination Against Students and the University of Richmond Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Faculty and Staff:  For information on how the University responds to reports or complaints of discrimination involving faculty and staff, see the University of Richmond Policy on Preventing and Responding to Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Involving Faculty and Staff and the University of Richmond Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Sexual Misconduct:  For information on how the University responds to reports or complaints of sexual misconduct, see the University of Richmond Sexual Misconduct Policy.