Sexual Violence Prevention Campus Portal

Policy best practices for sexual violence and sexual harassment

     Policies are a valuable tool. They stand as a public, official declaration of an institution's stance against sexual violence.
     But there are good policies and bad policies. Some policies do not give due process to both parties. Others do not provide immunity from alcohol violations to complainants.
      Ideally, a good policy can be used as a teaching tool, by defining consent and including examples of some of the most common forms of sexual violence, such as party rape and acquaintance rape, and alcohol-facilitated sexual assault. Clear language and explanations can help nervous students--on both sides of the complaint process--find clarity.
     If written and executed well, it can encourage reporting and be a vehicle for prevention. How does your policy do?

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