Law and legal compliance
The sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students' right to receive an education free from discrimination and is a crime.
Title IX law, which serves to eliminate gender discrimination in education, was recently expanded to more fully encompass sexual violence on college campuses and to include prevention in the Title IX conversation.
The Dear Colleague letter serves as an entry point for campuses, stipulating numerous structural changes on the part of schools so that campuses can more fully eliminate the hostile environment caused by sexual assault.
This is a tremendous opportunity to enact lasting change which will prevent sexual violence on your campus.
- Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) ATIXA provides a professional association for school and college Title IX Coordinators and administrators who are interested in serving their districts and campuses more effectively. http://atixa.org/
- Campus Accountability Project V-Day and SAFER are proud to partner to bring a transformative policy reform initiative to college campuses. With your help, we can make colleges and universities across the United States safer for all students. http://safercampus.org/campus-accountability-project
- The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting, US Department of Education This handbook was designed to assist in meeting the regulatory requirements of the Clery Act by guiding you through the regulations and explaining what they mean and what they require your institution to do. http://www2.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/handbook.pdf
- Title IX Dear Colleague Letter This letter from the US Department of Education is intended to outline schools' responsibilities in prevention of and response to sexual violence on campuses for administrators. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201104.html
- Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights All colleges and universities (both public and private) participating in federal student aid programs must afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights. http://www.securityoncampus.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=133
- Summary of the Jeanne Clery Act Explains in plain language the contents and requirements of the federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime and security policies. http://securityoncampus.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=297%3Aclerysummary&catid=64%3Acleryact&Itemid=60
- Understanding the Laws The Center for Public Integrity gives an overview of the three laws that have had a dramatic effect on the way sexual assault claims are adjudicated on America's campuses. http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/campus_assault/the_law/
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