Sexual assault remains a significant problem on college campuses, despite the fact that federal law guarantees all students the right to an education free from sexual harassment and sexual violence. According to the National Institute of Justice, about one out of every five women experiences attempted or completed sexual assault in their college years and 90% of women know the person that sexually assaulted them.
The Campus SaVE Act requires that incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking be disclosed in annual campus crime statistic reports. Additionally, students or employees reporting victimization will be provided with their written rights to:
- Be assisted by campus authorities if reporting a crime to law enforcement.
- Change academic, living, transportation, or working situations to avoid a hostile environment.
- Obtain or enforce a no contact directive or restraining order.
- Have a clear description of their institution’s disciplinary process and know the range of possible sanctions.
- Receive contact information about existing counseling, health, mental health, victim advocacy, legal assistance, and other services available both on-campus and in the community.
The Campus SaVE Act instructs colleges and universities to provide programming for students and employees addressing the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Education programs shall include:
- Primary prevention and awareness programs for all incoming students and new employees.
- Safe and positive options for bystander intervention.
- Information on risk reduction to recognize warning signs of abusive behavior.
- Ongoing prevention and awareness programs for students and faculty.
Your institution is committed to maintaining a safe work and academic environment free from sexual misconduct of any form. A violation of this commitment is a violation of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, a provision of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Such violations are grounds for disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal from the institution. Sexual misconduct may also violate the law and result in criminal and/or civil actions against the perpetrator.
How the SafeColleges Online Training System Can Help
The SafeColleges Training System includes the Campus SaVE Act – Campus SaVE Act for Employees – Sexual Violence Awareness. The expert-authored course helps to educate college and university staff on proper identification, response, and handling of incidents of sexual violence.
Since many states and campuses have their own Campus SaVE Act policies and mandates, our training system lets you quickly build your own state or campus-specific courses and policies in our system and assign them to employees and students. Every completion is tracked automatically by the system (whether you assign our courses or your own), for compliance purposes.