Notice of Non-Discrimination 

The Virginia State University is committed to providing a working, learning and living environment that is free from unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and strives to afford fair and equitable treatment to all members of the University community, regardless of their membership in any legally protected class. The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, or veteran status, in admissions, employment, or in any of its educational programs or activities. Further, the University does not tolerate any acts of sexual and gender-based harassment or violence, nor retaliation against any individual who in good faith participates in protected activity pursuant to this policy. All faculty, staff, students, including visitors and contractors, are responsible for complying with this policy of non-discrimination. This policy applies to on-campus conduct and any off -campus conduct (i.e., sexual assault and harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking) that affects a person’s admission, employment or education with the university or ability to participate in or benefit from the university’s programs or activities.

All inquiries regarding the application of this statement and related policies, including any concerns about discrimination or harassment at Virginia State University, may contact:

Deborah Howard, Title IX Coordinator
Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Title IX Compliance
Virginia Hall (
804-524-5371 or


  • Student Conduct / Foster Hall, Room 308 / 804-524-5504: Provides options for filing a formal complaint and/or connecting with local law enforcement. Oversees student hearing process.
  • Sexual Assault Coordinator/Rm.401 Memorial Hall/804-524-6942: Provides information about on/off campus options for filing complaints and supportive resources.
  • VSU Police & Public Safety/21012 Service Road/804-524-5360/524-5411: Assists with obtaining medical attention; provides information about on/off campus options for filing formal complaints. Assists in connecting with local law enforcement to pursue a criminal complaint.

Complaints of discrimination may also be filed with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Commonwealth of Virginia Division of Human Rights, and the Department of Human Resources Management.

View more detailed University policies and procedures on this topic.