2014 OCR Agreement
VMI entered into a voluntary agreement with the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights on April 30, 2014, bringing an end to a 6-year investigation. Below is VMI's response as well as links to resources and background documents.
VMI Statement on OCR Agreement
May 9, 2014
VMI, with the approval of the Board of Visitors, signed a Resolution Agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights on April 30, 2014. Despite reservation, we signed an agreement that requires reports and certain actions by VMI, many of which the Institute already has initiated. We signed this agreement not because we feel the findings are representative of the VMI environment; but rather, it is in the best interest of the Institute to cooperate with OCR and put an end to this six-year investigation.
VMI continuously assesses and updates all of its programs, policies, and training, especially in the area of Title IX. VMI submitted to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) over a month ago revised policies and procedures for investigating and resolving complaints in accordance with OCR's recommendations. VMI readily agreed with OCR to continue existing training of faculty, staff, and cadets and other prevention and awareness efforts. In light of all of the strides made by VMI in the six years the OCR investigation has been pending, VMI is profoundly disappointed with OCR’s findings. During this time VMI honestly strove to address all incidents at the Institute with transparency, due process, fairness and care. The focus we have placed – and continue to place – on the values of civility, discipline, and respect makes our campus more safe, not less so.
VMI is committed to providing a safe environment in which cadets can learn, in which faculty members can teach, and in which staff members can support the Institute’s mission. As with any college community, VMI is made up of individuals. When an individual associated with VMI fails to respect the rights of another individual, the Institute takes immediate and decisive action to care for those adversely affected and to investigate the allegation, pursuing administrative action when needed and referring the matter to the proper law enforcement agency when warranted.
We are committed to moving forward to do all in our power to ensure the safety and well-being of our cadets and employees.