Title IX

EVMS Title IX Policy on Non-Discrimination

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 are strictly prohibited by EVMS.  This prohibition 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. 

Reports and Formal Title IX Complaints

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 immediately report the incident to: 

EVMS will investigate every report of Sex Discrimination and/or Sexual Misconduct and will take appropriate action to remedy same accordingly. 

In addition, 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 has the right to file a formal Title IX Complaint against the alleged perpetrator.  Such Complaint will be subject to the 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 or Sexual misconduct matters. Please note, however that reports/complaints can often contain sensitive and private details about one of the worst moment(s) of a person's life (think sexual assault or other sexual violence ).  Before making any report/formal complaint, you need to review the Confidentiality Considerations and should always try to have the consent of the victim (if the report is made by a witness or other 3rd party).  Confidential Resources are also available to confidential support and victim advocacy .  

Investigation and Disciplinary Action

Whether or not a formal complaint is filed, a finding of sex discrimination or sexual misconduct in violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action that could include termination of employment/dismissal from EVMS in accordance with EVMS student or employee disciplinary action policies, 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. 

Complaint 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 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.