Understanding Campus Sexual Assault Policies
Having a campus sexual assault policy is important to the safety and well-being of students. The policy should include clear definitions of sexual assault and steps to take if a student has been assaulted. The policy should provide information such as support services, methods of reporting the assault, and information on judiciary action.
Sexual Assault Policy Analysis Tools
Policy Accessibility – Click here for an instructional tool adapted from Karjane et al. that can be used to assess your campus’s online policy accessibility.
Policy Comprehensiveness – Click here for a document provided by Safer Campus that includes the components of a clear sexual assault policy and questions to assist individuals in evaluating and improving their campus policy.
Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)
Released in April 2011, the DCL outlines campus duties under Title IX, the federal civil rights law banning sexual discrimination, harassment and violence.
OCR offers technical assistance to help schools achieve compliance with these civil rights laws.
The OCR enforcement office serving Indiana is located in Chicago, IL. Find contact information here.
Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act)
The Campus SaVE Act amends the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, enhances the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, and complements Title IX.
The Campus SaVE Act requires campuses to address a broader scope of intimate partner violence. In addition to sexual violence, campuses must now address stalking, dating violence, domestic violence offenses. The act also requires campuses to develop a policy regarding the procedures to be followed after an offense has occurred and ongoing awareness and prevention education for all students and faculty.
The Campus SaVe Act is effective March 7, 2014 and will be enforced by the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Clery Act.