Much is asked of schools in regards to sexual violence. And with good reason: families entrust the safety of their young adults to the institution. Students put their trust in the school as bastions of knowledge. The larger community expects schools to produce thoughtful, empathetic, productive, civic-minded students. The list goes on!
Sexual violence on campuses interferes with all of these expectations. The stakes are high, and thus what is asked is high. Without institutional commitment, no change will ever come.
- Know Your Rights: Title IX Prohibits Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Where You Go to School Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. This resource from the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, details schools' responsibilities for addressing sexual violence and sexual harassment. http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/title-ix-rights-201104.html
- 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
- 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/
- 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
- On Sexual Assault at Williams College: Letter from the President This letter is one example of how college and university presidents and trustees can be vocal about the issue of sexual assault. http://president.williams.edu/letters-from-the-president/on-sexual-assault-at-williams/
- Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities are Doing About it This Department of Justice report shows that college women are at higher risk for sexual assault than their non-college-bound peers. It provides a comprehensive benchmark of sexual assault policy on US campuses. http://www.nij.gov/pubs-sum/205521.htm
- 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. http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/campus_assault/
- Reporter's Toolkit: Investigating Sexual Assault Cases on your Campus This toolkit from the Center for Public Integrity serves as an introductory guide on how to investigate the ways your school deals with sexual assault allegations. http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/campus_assault/toolkit/
- National Center for Higher Education Risk Management NCHERM is a think tank of twenty-one consultants with the goal of identifying, developing and delivering best practices for school and campus health and safety. http://ncherm.org/
- American College Health Association: Campus and Sexual Violence ACHA, the recognized voice of expertise in college health, offers resources including association projects, programs, publications, guidelines, and more. http://www.acha.org/topics/violence.cfm
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