Students have the right to an education free from violence and discrimination. If a student is assaulted, schools are legally obligated to take action to stop the discriminatory environment. However, some schools have historically been lax or even dismissive of reports of sexual violence, which leaves students in the lurch and discourages reporting. Helping schools be accountable to their students, and to work with them in partnerships for prevention, is our goal.
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University Obligations and Responsibilities
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
Know your IX
Under Title IX and the Clery Act, you as a student have certain rights that your campus is supposed to meet. Learn what those rights are and what sexual violence survivors and others can do to advocate for their rights on campus. http://knowyourix.org/
Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice
The Center for Public Integrity spent 12 months lifting the curtain on how colleges and universities respond to reports of sexual assault. What they found raises many concerns.
Beyond Title IX
Provides guidance to colleges and universities
on how best to create and promote a campus norm of
interpersonal respect and non-violent relationships. http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/PublicCommunications/beyondtitleIXfinal.pdf
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.
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
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
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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