Equal Opportunity

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Hampton University adheres to the principle of equal education and employment opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed or national origin. This policy extends to all students and employees and applicants for admission and/or employment. Further, it extends to all programs and activities supported by the University; including the Undergraduate College, College of Continuing Education, College of Virginia Beach and the Graduate College. For assistance, please contact the Director of Human esources for Hampton University at (757) 727-5250.

Grievance Procedure

Any student or employee who believes he/she has been discriminated against on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed or national origin has the right to file a grievance/complaint. Information regarding the filing of a grievance and/or complaint is available below or by contacting the Director of Human Resources.

Hampton University has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints alleging discrimination based on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed or national origin. Complaints alleging discrimination based on any such category must be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia 23668 (757) 727-5250, unless the complaint is against the Director, in which case the complaint should be addressed to the Vice President for Business Affairs, Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia 23668 (757) 727-5213. The following steps explain the procedure:

  1. A complaint must be submitted in writing, contain the name and address of the complainant, and a description of the allegations of discrimination. The complaint must set forth specific facts in support of the allegation(s).
  2. A complaint must be filed within thirty (30) days of the alleged discrimination.  Complaints received later than thirty (30) days of the alleged discrimination will be dismissed as untimely unless the complaining party can establish that exceptional circumstances prevented a timely filing.
  3. An investigation, as may be appropriate, shall be conducted by the Director of Human Resources following receipt of a discrimination complaint.  If, however, the complaint is lodged against the Director of Human Resources, the investigation shall be conducted by the Vice President for Business Affairs.  This procedure affords the complainant and the person(s) against whom the allegation(s) of discrimination have been made, and their respective representatives, if any, an opportunity to submit information, written statements and documentation regarding the complaint allegations.
  4. A written determination, including investigative findings as to the validity of the complaint and a description of the resolution and corrective action and/or discipline to be taken, if any, shall be issued by the Director of Human Resources and a copy forwarded to the complainant no later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the complaint.  While the investigation is pending, interim measures for the protection of the complaining party may be taken as may be appropriate.
  5. The complainant may appeal the findings of an investigation by submitting a written document within seven (7) days of receipt of the determination to the Vice President for Business Affairs, Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668 who shall refer the appeal to a three (3) member Appeals Committee consisting of a representative from Student Affairs, a Faculty representative and the Assistant Provost. The appeal must specify with particularity the irregularities of the investigator's determination. The Vice President for Business Affairs must inform the complainant of the appeal decision within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the appeal.
  6. Although Hampton University will make every effort to comply with these timelines, circumstances such as school breaks, may justify an extension of time. If such an extension is warranted, the parties will be advised.

Retaliation against any person who files a complaint of alleged discrimination, participates in an investigation, or opposes a discriminatory employment or education practice or policy is prohibited under University policy and by state and federal law. An individual who believes he or she was subjected to retaliation can file a grievance about the alleged retaliation under these procedures. If it is determined that retaliation has occurred, sanctions may be imposed, including, but not limited to, suspension or termination.