The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine recognizes, values, and affirms that diversity contributes richness to the college and enhances the quality of education. Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are valued for their diversity. VCOM is committed to providing an academic and employment environment in which students and employees are treated with courtesy, respect, and dignity. It is the policy of VCOM that no student or employee shall, on the basis of sex, be discriminated in, or be denied the benefits of, any education program or activity that it operates. This requirement not to discriminate is required by Title IX and Part 106 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations and extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and Part 106 to VCOM may be directed to the VCOM Title IX Coordinator, to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Education, or both.
VCOM’s commitment to the principles of nondiscrimination includes and extends far beyond the federally protected classes and includes, but is not limited to, age, gender, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, ancestry, marital status, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law. VCOM has a commitment to nondiscrimination against any individual or group of individuals. VCOM has no tolerance to inappropriate behavior exhibited as an act of discrimination.
VCOM recognizes the lack of medical care to minority populations and actively recruits minority students who are underrepresented in health care. The population of the United States is becoming increasingly diverse and VCOM seeks a student body that will meet the needs of a diverse society.
Minority Access Award
VCOM received national recognition as an institutional role model for minority access eight years in a row and three primary administrators have been recognized for national mentorship. Minority Access, Inc. (MAI) recognized VCOM as the Institutional National Role Model, an honor awarded to educational institutions at the forefront in diversifying campuses and improving recruitment, retention and enhancement of minorities. The organization also honored Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, Dr. Dean Sutphin, and Mr. Bill King over the past three years with the National Role Model Award for Enhancing Diversity to Overcome Disparities in Health and Education.