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Title IX & VAWA

Maintaining a campus free of sex discrimination, including sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, is important for all students and employees.

Title IX of the Education Amendments (1972) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity that receives federal financial assistance (20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)). Title IX prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.

The Violence Against Women (VAWA) Reauthorization Act (2013), also prohibits sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. This federal legislation is sometimes referred to as the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act.

University Policy 1025: Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Assault is consistent with federal law in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Policy 1025 also prohibits discrimination based on gender expression.

A list of important terms and definitions relating to Title IX and VAWA is available.

The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA) requires institutions of higher education to comply with certain campus safety and security-related requirements as a condition of participation in Title IV, Higher Education Act programs. VAWA requires institutions to implement policies and processes to address sexual assault, stalking, and domestic or dating violence.

This new regulation amended section 485(f) of the Higher Education Act, otherwise known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), which requires the university to compile and report statistics (not personally identifying information) about incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to include certain policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents in the annual security report.

Failure to comply with Title IX or VAWA can include the termination of all or part of a university’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 assistance operate in a nondiscriminatory manner.

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is charged with enforcing Title IX and VAWA.

Title IX Coordinator
Katie Polidoro
Director of Title IX Compliance 
polidoro@vt.edu
540-231-1824

The Title IX coordinator is responsible for monitoring compliance with regulations and is responsible for receiving complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, sexual violence, relationship (domestic/dating) violence, stalking or other sexual misconduct.

Any concerns about discrimination or harassment on the basis of gender involving a student may be brought to the Virginia Tech Title IX coordinator or the deputy Title IX coordinator:

Title IX Coordinator
Katie Polidoro
Director of Title IX Compliance 
polidoro@vt.edu
540-231-1824

Concerns of possible sexual assault or harassment of students

Sexual harassment is prohibited under University Policy 1025: Policy on Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Assault and the Student Code of Conduct.

These policies apply to all students, including undergraduate and graduate students and students who attend classes on the Blacksburg campus, a satellite campus, or the virtual campus. Complaints of student sexual misconduct are addressed by The Office of Student Conduct and are governed by the Hokie Handbook.

Reports of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment by a Virginia Tech student may be filed with the deputy Title IX coordinator or the Student Conduct Office by any person, including both those affiliated and those not affiliated with Virginia Tech. Reports of all other abusive conduct by a Virginia Tech student can be filed with the Student Conduct Office.

Concerns about sexual misconduct or sexual harassment involving a student, visitor or guest alleged to have been committed by a Virginia Tech employee should be promptly brought to the attention of the Office for Equity and Accessibility by any person, including both those affiliated and those not affiliated with Virginia Tech.

For more information, visit the Stop Abuse website.

Concerns of possible sexual assault or harassment of employees

Virginia Tech employees who believe they have been subjected to harassment or discrimination in the workplace should contact the Office for Equity and Accessibility to learn what options are available to them.

Retaliation

Retaliation against anyone who raises concerns of sexual harassment, discrimination, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking is a violation of federal law and Virginia Tech policy.

Requirements for reporting possible Title IX and VAWA issues

Any member of the university community who becomes aware of possible sexual harassment or sexual assault perpetrated by a Virginia Tech student, not acting within the scope of their employment, should contact the deputy Title IX coordinator. All other incidents involving the sexual harassment of students must be reported to the university Title IX coordinator.

Virginia Tech students and employees must notify the Title IX or deputy Title IX coordinator immediately about matters of possible sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking.

The professional staff of the Cook Counseling Center, Schiffert Health Center, and the Virginia Tech Women’s Center are confidential resources and are not required to report allegations of a violation of Title IX or VAWA.

Mandatory Compliance Workshop

The Compliance Workshop: Policy 1025, Title IX and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) covers the provisions of the University's Policies 1025 and 1026 and focuses on prevention of discrimination, harassment and gender-based and/or sexual violence.  Each employee is required to complete this workshop every 2 years and within 90 days from the date of the start of their employment. The Compliance Workshop is available as an on-demand module and as a live webinar through the new PageUp LMS. It is also accessible through:  training.vt.edu

To learn how to use PageUP LMS, please click here.  

Please, note that the compliance training is no longer available through CourseWhere.  Also, OEA no longer supports or recognizes EVERFI HAVEN training modules.   

Learn more and register for the Compliance Workshop.   For any questions regarding the Compliance Workshop, please contact Henry Yampolsky.  

Contact

Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Office for Equity and Accessibility
300 Turner Street NW (0318)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Title IX Coordinator
Katie Polidoro
Director for Title IX Compliance
Title IX Coordinator
polidoro@vt.edu
540-231-1824

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