Student Rights

Virginia International University abides by the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), applicable sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), and the Campus Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights to provide all parties with rights throughout the complaint and investigative process.

Students have the right to:

  • A thorough, prompt, and fair investigation and resolution of a report/complaint.
  • Victims shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • All parties will have the same opportunity to have an Advisor present during all proceedings of the investigation.
  • All parties will be informed of the outcome of any investigation at approximately the same time.
  • All parties will be informed of the available counseling services on-campus.
  • Respectful treatment throughout the investigative process, regardless of the outcome.
  • All parties will be notified of the progress of the investigation, on an ongoing basis.
  • All parties will be able to access the Investigative File, within the legal parameters and within the policies of the university.
  • All parties will have equal opportunity to submit a written statement addressing the allegations.
  • All parties will have equal opportunity to provide evidence and witnesses.
  • All parties are protected against retaliation from any VIU staff or student.
  • All parties may request protective measures and remedies.
  • All parties will be informed of available resources on- and off-campus.
  • The Respondent will have a thorough, prompt, and fair investigation using the Preponderance of the Evidence Standard to determine Responsibility.
  • The Respondent will receive a written notification of the complaint and have the allegations explained to them by the Title IX Coordinator.
  • All parties have the right to receive assistance and accommodation to modify their academic or employment schedule.