Membership in a university community carries with it the responsibility for mutual trust and respect and adherence to the standards of conduct established by the community. Virginia Commonwealth University prohibits sexual misconduct by students. Student sexual misconduct is defined as unwelcome acts of a sexual nature committed by a student against another student without consent including, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct, including written communications of an intimidating, hostile or offensive nature, or action taken in retaliation for the reporting of such behavior.
The University reserves the right to take whatever measures it deems necessary in response to allegations of sexual misconduct in order to protect students' rights and personal safety. Such measures include, but are not limited to, modification of VCU living arrangements, interim suspension from campus pending a hearing, and reporting to the local police.
The University is obligated under federal law (Title IX, 20 U.S.C. § 1681(a)) - to investigate reports of sexual misconduct, to take action to eliminate sexual harassment and sexual assault, prevent its reoccurrence and its adverse effects.
This website is a collaborative effort among several VCU departments, including the Division of Student Affairs, the Wellness Resource Center, VCU Police, University Counseling Services, Student Health Services, the Office of Student Conduct, and the Office of Institutional Equity. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive site devoted to addressing the needs of those affected by sexual assault, harassment, relationship violence, stalking, and other forms of gender discrimination.
In all instances, emergency situations should be reported immediately to VCU Police at (804) 828-1234