EVMS Title IX Policy on Non-Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct (including Sexual Violence)
In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, EVMS does not discriminate on the basis of sex and is committed to providing its educational programs and activities in an environment that is free from both sex discrimination and sexual misconduct. Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct (including sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking) are strictly prohibited by EVMS and it is the policy of EVMS that all reports of Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct will be investigated and resolved in accordance with this policy. This policy applies to all members of the EVMS community, including employed and community faculty, residents, staff employees, students, vendors or visitors, and applies to all EVMS sponsored activities and programs, whether on or off the EVMS campus.
Reporting Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct
Anyone in the EVMS community who feels that they have been subjected to, or who believes that someone they know has been subjected to, Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct should report the incident to:
- EVMS Institutional Title IX Coordinator or the appropriate Senior Deputy Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will advise the reporter of his or her right to resolve the matter through an Informal Resolution Option (if applicable) and/or to file a formal Title IX Complaint.
- EVMS Office of Institutional Compliance, 446-6008 or the EVMS Compliance hotline known as AlertLine, 1-877-874-8416 (anonymous reporting available).
- In cases of sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking, you may also report to any EVMS Police Officer or to the EVMS Public Safety and Public Safety department at 446-5911. For more information about victims of sexual violence including how to preserve evidence, how to talk to a confidential resource, and reporting to law enforcement, please see our webpage here.
Please note, that reports/complaints about matters such as sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, etc., may give us sensitive and private details about one of the worst moment(s) of a person's life. Before making any report/formal complaint, please review our Confidentiality and Confidential Resources and you should always try to have the consent of the victim (if the report is made by a witness or other 3rd party). A list of Confidential Resources is also available to confidential support and victim advocacy.
EVMS’ Response to Reports of Sex Discrimination or Sexual Misconduct
EVMS will treat all reports of Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct coming through the Office of Institutional Compliance or the hotline as compliance complaints. Such complaints will be investigated by the EVMS Office of Institutional Compliance and will pull in the appropriate Title IX Coordinator as necessary. Individuals who identify themselves in these reports will be advised of their rights to file a formal Title IX Complaint.
Formal Title IX Complaints will be handled by the Institutional Title IX Coordinator in accordance with the EVMS Title IX Complaint Process.
In accordance with the Compliance Reporting/Anti-Retaliation Policy EVMS will not tolerate retaliation against anyone who, in good faith, raises questions, makes a report or files a formal Title IX complaint about actual or suspected Sex discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct matters and/or who acts as a witness in any investigation.
Whether or not a formal complaint is filed, a finding of Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct in violation of this policy against any student, resident, faculty and staff will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Handbook, EVMS Faculty handbook, Graduate Medical Education polices, and/or Human Resources Policies, as applicable; being barred from the EVMS campus (for visitors or vendors); or other actions that EVMS may deem appropriate. These actions shall be separate and, in some cases may be in addition to, any criminal or civil remedies available.
In accordance with Section 23-9.2:15 of the Code of Virginia, any student who withdraws while under, or is suspended or dismissed as a result of, an investigation of sexual violence will have a prominent notation placed on their transcript.
Title IX Complaints to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
While EVMS would like the opportunity to address your formal Title IX Complaint, you are not required by law to file a complaint with us before filing a complaint with the US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights. Thus, if you have made a formal complaint and are unsatisfied with EVMS' handling of that complaint, or you wish to make a complaint directly to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), you may call 800.421.3481 or use their online complaint process.