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The University of Richmond values a learning community in which all members feel secure physically and intellectually. The prevention of sexual misconduct, particularly sexual violence, is an institutional priority. The University is unwavering in its commitment to support survivors of sexual assault, to respond promptly to reports of any type of sexual misconduct, and to investigate and adjudicate reports in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties involved.

Department of Education Issues New Title IX regulations

On May 6, 2020, the Department of Education issued new Title IX regulations governing how schools, including the University, address reports of sexual misconduct on campus. These new regulations, unlike guidance, have the force of law and the Department has set an effective date of August 14, 2020 for compliance. The Title IX office is currently reviewing the new regulations in light of our current policies and procedures. Given the short time frame for compliance coupled with COVID-19 related campus restrictions, the Title IX office will be developing interim policies and procedures with the full intent of gathering input over the course of the upcoming year from all campus constituencies. We believe this will allow our campus community the opportunity to fully reflect on the new regulations and how best to implement them at Richmond.

What is not changing is the University’s institutional priority of the prevention of sexual misconduct on campus and the unwavering commitment to support survivors of sexual assault, no matter their gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or expression. The University will continue to respond promptly to all reports of any type of sexual misconduct and will continue to investigate and adjudicate reports in a manner that is fair and equitable to all parties involved.

Please contact Kris Henderson, Director of Compliance and Title IX Coordinator, at khender3@richmond.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the above statement.