As an employee at the University of Virginia, it is important that you are aware of what is expected of you in regard to Title IX. We also want to be sure you are aware of the various groups and guidance available to you.
Whether you are looking for resources for yourself, someone else, or are just curious and hoping to learn more about Title IX, this page, which compiles this information, is the place for you!
The Title IX Office strongly urges all professors, TAs, and anyone leading a group (such as a club, research lab, etc.) to include the following Title IX syllabus language in any form they may be handing out.
UVA is committed to providing a safe learning environment where all students, faculty, and staff members feel welcomed and valued. Discrimination and harassment—which includes all forms of sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence—is antithetical to our values and is therefore prohibited on our Grounds and in this class. UVA strongly encourages all members of the community to take action, seek support, and report these incidents to either the Title IX Office or Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (“EOCR”).
Title IX/Sexual Misconduct
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 and UVA policy prohibit sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence (dating/domestic violence), stalking, sexual exploitation, and retaliation. If you (or someone you know) has experienced or is experiencing these types of behaviors, know that you are not alone, and you deserve support.
To that end, UVA faculty members and TAs are “responsible employees,” which means that if you tell me about a situation involving these forms of sexual misconduct, I must share that information with the Title IX Office to be sure you are connected with all the support the university can offer and learn about your options and rights. When you receive outreach from the University asking if you would like to meet, you choose if you want to respond and what resources you may need. If you prefer to make a report directly to one of the University’s response offices, you can submit information through the online reporting system, Just Report It (“JRI”). Additionally, if you would rather disclose to a confidential resource (where what you share is not reported to the University), you can turn to Counseling & Psychological Services (“CAPS”) and Women’s Center Counseling Staff and Confidential Advocates (for students of all genders). To learn more about the available resources and response options, visit the Title IX website or contact the Title IX Office at [email protected].
Other Civil Rights
Title IX is only one of many civil rights laws that protect your educational experience. In accordance with federal and state law, UVA prohibits discrimination and harassment based on age, color, disability, family medical or genetic information, gender identity or expression, marital status, military status (which includes active duty service members, reserve service members, and dependents), national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status. UVA policy also prohibits retaliation. All faculty and TAs are also responsible employees with regards to reporting all of the above prohibited conduct. Also, the same resources and options for victims of sexual misconduct are available for you as well, which you can find at eocr.virginia.edu/resources. If you are aware of someone who has experienced prohibited conduct, you are encouraged to submit a report to JRI or contact the Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights (“EOCR”).