The Virginia Community College System (VCCS) reaffirms its belief and commitment in equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment in all terms and conditions of employment.
VCCS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, and gender identity), sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, and/or disability (as defined under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) protected veteran status (as defined under the Vietnam era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974), or person’s relationship or association with a protected Veteran, including spouses and other family members, or any other non-merit based factor (including, but not limited to political affiliation).
VCCS has developed and maintained a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP). Sharon Morrissey, the Interim Chancellor of VCCS, supports the affirmative action program and urges each employee to commit to carrying out the intent of this policy. VCCS maintains an audit and reporting system to determine overall compliance with its equal employment opportunity mandates. The EEO Administrator, Lauren Philip, oversees the affirmative action plan development, modification, implementation, effectiveness, reporting requirements and conducts management updates. VCCS invites any applicant and/or employee to review the VCCS written Affirmative Action Plan. This plan is available for inspection upon request during normal business hours at the Human Resources office.
Employees, work study students, contractors, and applicants who believe they have witnessed, or experienced discrimination in any form should present their concerns to the following:
VCCS EEO Administrator, Title IX Coordinator and ADA/Section 504 Compliance Officer
Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 300 Richmond, VA 23236
Telephone: (804) 819-4935
WHAT IS TITLE IX?
Title IX is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in educational programs, activities, admission, and employment. Complaints of sex-based discrimination, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and sexual or gender-based harassment are governed by the Virginia Community College System’s (VCCS) Equal Employment Policy.
Title IX states:
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.
Educational institutions that receive federal financial assistance are covered by Title IX. In compliance with Title IX, VCCS prohibits discrimination in employment as well as in all programs and activities on the basis of sex.
Here are some things you should know about your Title IX rights at VCCS:
- VCCS must respond promptly and effectively to sexual violence
- VCCS must provide supportive measures as appropriate and reasonably available
- VCCS should make known where you can find confidential support services
- VCCS must conduct a prompt, fair, and impartial investigation
- VCCS must provide remedies as necessary
VCCS’ Equal Employment Policy covers a wide range of behaviors prohibited under Title IX. Sexual harassment includes sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.