Spring 2014

Clery Corner – Intersecting Regulations: Title IX, Clery Act, VAWA and Campus SaVE

CleryGraphicThe month of April was designated as Sexual Assault Awareness month in which VCU aimed to raise awareness of sexual violence. In honor of last month, we bring you this article with updates to relevant regulations to keep our community informed.

As an institution of higher education, VCU has several drivers for reporting and responding to instances of sexual misconduct and also for developing programming to educate individuals on preventing sexual misconduct from occurring. Here you will find resources related to VCU’s efforts to support survivor-focused responses and compliance with Title IX, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act), and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and its provision, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE). All of these regulations work in concert to help maintain our safe campus communities for everyone.
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New Pilot Program for Whistleblower Protection

The federal government has enacted a pilot program, effective until January 1, 2017, to add protections for employees against reprisal for certain whistleblowing activities in connection with federal grants and contracts.
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Spotlight on University Resources – Office of the Ombudsperson

Virginia Commonwealth University’s ombudsperson is a designated confidential and informal dispute resolution practitioner. The ombudsperson is an advocate for fairness. The ombudsperson is independent of VCU’s normal reporting and managerial processes.
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Ethical Eva Takes on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Ethical Eva

*VCU is committed to a safe environment for everyone. If you feel you are being sexually harassed in the workplace, please consider talking to your supervisor or department head, the Office of Institutional Equity, Human Resources or the Integrity and Compliance Office.

Ethical Ezra Confronts a Dilemma

Ethical Ezra

*Each university member is expected to report actual or suspected violations of laws, regulations, or VCU polices and procedures. Click here for more information on reporting concerns.

Think Compliance First

You might wonder how it is that a person or an organization would consider or think compliance first.
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Compass Reading Corner

booksFor contribution to and continuation of a supportive and ethical culture.

The following list is not an endorsement of any author, book, idea, or official university statement but merely suggested books identified as potential interesting reads for anyone focusing on the power of people in the workplace.

Already read these? Have a comment or success story related to one of these books to share? Share it with us at ucompliance@vcu.edu and maybe you will see your comments shared in the Spring Issue of The Compass.

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Policy Program Update



  • Have you been asked to create or revise a policy?
  • Are you familiar with the university‚Äôs Policy Program?
  • Have you visited the Policy Library?
  • Would you like answers for any and all of your policy questions?

The Integrity and Compliance Office can help you with your policy questions, assist you with policy development, and add your policy to the Policy Library. Audrey Michael, Senior Compliance and Policy Analyst, can be reached at policy@vcu.edu or 828-3982.

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Kudos to the Following Employees

VCU Compass

Recognition Awards

VCU has long been committed to meeting the highest standards of service and professional integrity in all business operations. The following employees have been recognized by their colleagues through the Human Resources Recognition Award page for their contribution to a culture of ethics and compliance at VCU.

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