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Notice of Nondiscrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

  • Responsible Office: Equity and Access Services, Office of the President
  • Current Approved Version: 01/29/2020
  • Policy Type: Administrative

Virginia Commonwealth University does not discriminate in admissions, treatment, employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008; the Virginia Human Rights Act; the Governor’s Executive Order Number One (2018); and other state or federal laws and university policies. VCU prohibits sexual and sex-/gender-based misconduct, discrimination, harassment and interpersonal violence, including sexual assault. VCU also prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

As an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer, VCU promotes the full realization of employment opportunity for all persons, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans. VCU bases all employment decisions only on job requirements. These efforts apply to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, selection, hiring, promotion and compensation.

VCU promotes equal access to its owned and controlled facilities and to educational and employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as well as other applicable state and local laws and university policy. Qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination, including harassment, and are entitled to reasonable accommodations to enable their participation in and enjoyment of all university programs, services, and activities.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding accessibility policies, the ADA, Sections 503 and 504 and related statutes and regulations: Crystal C. Coombes, accessibility administrator, Equity and Access Services, Moseley House, 1001 Grove Ave., Box 842549, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2549, (804) 828-8532,

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and to serve as the overall coordinator for purposes of Title IX compliance. Emily Caputo, interim Title IX coordinator and director of civil rights investigations, Equity and Access Services, is located at Moseley House, 1001 Grove Ave., Box 842549, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2549, (804) 828-1347,

The following individuals have been designated as deputy Title IX coordinators:

For students:

Reuban Rodriguez

Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs

(804) 828-8941


For employees:

Cathleen C. Burke

Assistant vice president for human resources 

(804) 828-3248


For athletics:

Sofia A. Hiort-Wright

Associate vice provost of student services and senior associate athletic director for academic support/SWA

(804) 828-2184 


Complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation under the university’s nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Equity and Access Services. The university further provides the following methods for reporting, obtaining information, making inquiries, or filing complaints:

Complaints also may be made through the university’s Helpline, which allows for anonymous and confidential reporting; log a report online or by calling 1-888-242-6022. Other inquires may be directed via emial to Equity and Access Services at

External complaints may be filed with the Department of Education Office for Civil RightsEqual Employment Opportunity Commission, Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Human Rights and the Department of Human Resource Management.

Revised, January 29, 2020