Cindy Bither
Administrative Assistant
P: (540) 464-7207
F: (540) 464-7443

111 Smith Hall
Lexington, VA 24450

Status of Education Department Investigation

Recent news reports have resurfaced a previously reported issue of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education concerning the treatment of women at VMI.  The Institute is confident that VMI’s policies and procedures will be found to be in compliance with appropriate laws and regulations and are, in fact, fair and equitable for all employees and cadets.

The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights is obligated to investigate complaints.  That Office received a complaint in the summer of 2008.  VMI has responded to all requests for information, delivering voluminous materials to the Office and assisting personnel of that Office in interviewing numerous VMI employees and cadets.

In addition, the Institute has been responsive to news media reporting on this matter, arranging interviews and providing information as requested.

The Institute looks forward to a speedy resolution to this matter by the Department of Education.

Background

In August of 2008, VMI was notified of a sexual discrimination complaint filed with the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. The complaint outlined issues with the VMI Marriage and Parenthood policy, the VMI Fitness Test, the environment for female cadets in the barracks and classroom, Title IX complaint procedures not providing for equitable resolution of student and employee complaints, and tenure, promotion and sabbatical processes which discriminate against female faculty.  The Office of Civil Rights has since dropped the complaint concerning the VMI Fitness Test.