Published: July 12, 2021
VMI Alumni Family,
In light of current events, the Institute and the VMI Alumni Agencies feel compelled to reaffirm our unified perspective on issues related to sexual harassment and assault.
We firmly support VMI’s belief that one incident of sexual assault within the Corps of Cadets is one too many.
Like VMI, we have zero tolerance for those who might engage in or tolerate acts of racism, sexism, discrimination, hatred, or prejudice.
It is our continued desire to create an environment for alumni, faculty, staff, and cadets, that is free of discrimination and harassment.
Therefore, we strongly endorse the Institute’s statement below.
Chief Executive Officer
VMI Alumni Agencies
Samuel N. Stocks ’90
President, VMI Alumni Association
Chairman, VMI Alumni Agencies Board
A STATEMENT FROM VMI
At VMI, one reported sexual assault is one too many and until that number remains at zero, we will continue to find new ways to address the challenge.
VMI aspires to eradicate issues of sexual assault and harassment through a finely tuned process involving multiple training requirements, bystander intervention, and multi-tiered access points for reporting.
VMI leadership supports complainants of sexual assault through the process, whether they choose to pursue charges through the school, the courts, or not at all. The well-being of the complainant is paramount to VMI and, as such, their wishes guide whether the school pursues charges against the respondent.
VMI has zero tolerance for those who might engage in or tolerate acts of racism, sexism, discrimination, hatred, or prejudice.