Summary: UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
POLICY AND PROCEDURES
FOR STUDENT SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS
Executive Summary of Revisions
September 28, 2011
The following summary highlights some of the ways in which the University's new
sexual misconduct policy (the "Policy") is different from its former policy, last revised in 2005.
The new Policy reflects the University's experience with sexual misconduct complaints and
investigations since 2005 and responds to the "Dear Colleague" letter issued by the U. S.
Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights on April 4, 2011. The "Dear Colleague" letter
provides specific guidance and clarification to all schools with respect to sexual misconduct
under Title IX and requests immediate compliance.
Summary of Revisions Reflected in New Policy:
1. Emphasis on Assistance to Victims. The new Policy begins by setting out, in clear terms,
where a victim of sexual misconduct can turn to obtain immediate assistance and support.
2. Definition of "Sexual Misconduct" Significantly Broadened. Under the new Policy,
"Sexual Misconduct" is a broad term that encompasses any unwelcome sexual behavior
that occurs without effective consent. Sexual Misconduct has therefore been revised to
include "sexual harassment," which is broadly defined and may include instances of
stalking, cyberstalking or relationship violence, and "sexual exploitation," which includes