Most higher education institutions—including community colleges and vocational schools—must educate students, faculty, and staff on the prevention of rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
Enacted in March 2013, the Campus Save Act is the most recent, and far reaching, in a long line of laws that protect students from sexual violence and harassment.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 revised federal funding laws to prohibit sex-based discrimination in higher education. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance…
Initially called the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act” and later renamed in memory of slain student Jeanne Clery, this act amended federal financial aid laws to require all participating postsecondary institutions to disclose campus crime statistics and security information.
Established federal legal definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Made funding grants for reducing these crimes available to higher education institutions.
Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) guidance explored Title IX sexual harassment protections.
“[S]chools need to ensure that employees are trained so that those with authority to address harassment know how to respond appropriately, and other responsible employees know that they are obligated to report harassment to appropriate school officials.”
Noting that sexual assault had become an epidemic on college campuses, OCR reiterated that Title IX guarantees all students an education free from sexual harassment and violence. OCR also recommended that “all schools implement preventive education programs” as part of their orientation programs for new students, faculty, and staff.
“These programs should include a discussion of what constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence, the school’s policies and disciplinary procedures, and the consequences of violating these policies.”
Amended the Clery Act to mandate extensive “primary prevention and awareness programs” regarding sexual misconduct and related offenses.
Schools must report compliance with the Campus Save Act in their Annual Security Reports.
An amendment to the Clery Act, the Campus Save Act applies to all postsecondary institutions that participate in federal student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, including:
If your institution publishes an Annual Security Report under the Clery Act, you must offer training.
CampusClarity provides sexual misconduct training to students with its award-winning course Think About It. Updated in 2013 to help schools comply with the Campus Save Act, Think About It takes a harm reduction approach to prevent sexual violence and substance abuse on university and college campuses.
CampusClarity also updated its Title IX training for faculty and staff to include information required by the Campus Save Act. EDU: Stop Sexual Misconduct is an hour-long course that trains college and university employees to recognize and report sexual misconduct, including harassment and violence.
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Schools must include their education programs on sexual violence prevention in their October 2014 Annual Security Report. Until the Department of Education provides further guidance, schools should have these education programs in place by Fall 2014 at the latest.