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Sexual Misconduct Policies

As an educational institution, the University of Richmond values a learning community in which all members feel secure physically and intellectually. Behavior that harms others or threatens campus security challenges the institution's key mission to "sustain a collaborative learning and research community that supports the personal development of its members and the creation of new knowledge." Sexual misconduct is such behavior and is prohibited at the University of Richmond. Sexual misconduct is a broad range of behavior that includes, but is not limited to, non-consensual sexual intercourse, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, dating/relationship violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Additionally, the University prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports or witnesses an incident of possible sexual misconduct.

The prevention of sexual misconduct, particularly sexual violence, is an institutional priority at the University of Richmond. 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. Importantly, the University is also committed to continually assessing and improving its policies, prevention initiatives, and educational programs based on input from the campus community, best practices at other institutions, and regulatory guidance.

Summary of the University's Obligation

The University of Richmond has an obligation to make reasonable efforts to investigate and appropriately address reports of sexual misconduct (as defined in this policy).  As more fully explained in this policy, this obligation applies even when the complainant does not wish to participate in an investigation.  Upon receipt of a complaint, report, or information about sexual misconduct, the University will respond in an effort to stop such misconduct, eliminate any hostile environment, take reasonable steps to prevent a recurrence of such misconduct, and address any effect that such misconduct may have on the larger University community.

Questions or More Information

For questions about sex discrimination in education, please contact the University's Director of Compliance &  Title IX Coordinator, Kristine Henderson, at (804) 289-8186.  Further information about Title IX and sex 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.