Policy Prohibiting Discrimination

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. 

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.

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.” 

For questions about sex discrimination in education, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Carl Sorensen, Associate Vice President of Human Resources, at (804) 289-8166. Further information about Title IX and sexual discrimination in education is available from the Office of Civil Rights, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C., 20202-1100, (800) 421-3481.

Should I Report Concerns about Discrimination?

If you believe that you have been the subject of discrimination in violation of the University’s policies or applicable law, the University strongly supports and encourages you to report your concerns promptly. 

How Do I to 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:

  • Students
    • For matters involving students either as the subject of the alleged discrimination or as the person alleged to be discriminating, contact:
      • Kerry Albright Fankhauser, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean for Westhampton College, (804) 287-6646; or
      • Dan Fabian, Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Associate Dean for Richmond College, (804) 289-8835 
    • For disability related concerns, contact:
      • Tinina Cade, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Student Development and Disability Coordinator, (804) 289-8032
  • Faculty and Staff
    • For matters involving faculty or staff either as the subject of possible discrimination, or as the person alleged to be discriminating, contact:
      • Carl Sorensen, Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President of Human Resources, (804) 289-8166

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.

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 the University's Policy Prohibiting Retaliation for more information.