Campus SaVE Act and Campus Sexual Violence
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE), is a 2013 amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act. SaVE was designed by advocates along with victims/survivors and championed by a bi-partisan coalition in Congress as a companion to Title IX that will help bolster the response to and prevention of sexual violence in higher education. President Obama signed the measure into law as part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 on March 7, 2013.
Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act - Amends title IV (Student Assistance) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to require institutions of higher education (IHEs) to include in their annual security report policies encouraging the accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to campus police and appropriate law enforcement agencies when crime victims elect to, or are unable to, report the crimes.
1) Requires that report to include: (1) data on the occurrence of certain violent crimes that are motivated by the victim's nationality; and (2) statistics concerning the occurrence of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking incidents reported to campus security authorities or local police.
2) Requires schools to protect victim confidentiality when reporting criminal threats to the campus community.
3) Directs IHEs to include in their annual security report a statement of policy regarding their programs to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and the procedures they follow when such an offense is reported.Requires an IHE's policy regarding those offenses to include:
- education that promotes awareness of the offenses;
- possible sanctions or protective measures imposed following disciplinary action;
- procedures victims should follow after such an offense occurs;
- institutional disciplinary procedures;
- information about how the IHE will protect victim confidentiality;
- the written notification of students and employees concerning on-campus and community services available for victims; and
- the written notification of victims regarding their options for, and assistance in, changing academic, living, transportation, and working situations, regardless of whether or not they choose to report the crime.
4) Requires students and employees who report having been the victim of such an offense to their IHE, whether it occurred on or off campus, to receive a written notification of their rights and options under the IHE's policy.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (known as the Clery Act) is a federal law requiring United States colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.The Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to do the following with regards to sexual assault reports:
1) Publish an Annual Security Report;
2) Disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus, in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities;
3) Issue timely warnings about Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees; and
4) Devise an emergency response, notification, and testing policy.
What Is Campus Sexual Violence?
The Understanding Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Assault (NDVH) and What is Campus Sexual Assault (NSVRC) articles provide concise explanations of sexual violence on campus.
Dating Violence Information has more information about the dangers and consequences of Teen Dating Violence.