What Is the Campus SaVE Act?

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1 Is the Campus SaVE Act? What Reality Check Unfortunately, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking do happen in campus settings, and the people involved often know each other. Approximately 20% –25% of female college students will experience sexual assault during their colleg e years. While sexual assault primarily happens to female students, 6% of undergraduate males have also our school and ot her experienced sexual assault. A lot is being done to prevent this violence at schools across the country. The Campus SaVE Act Cam pus Sexual Violence Elimination Act , or Campus SaVE Act , The is a federal law that promises prompt and effective responses by higher education institutions to incidents of sexual violence. At its core, the Campus SaVE Act increases transparency about incidents of sexual violence, guarantees victims’ rights, sets standards for campus disciplinary proceedings, and requires campus . -wide prevention education programs To understand the Campus SaVE Act, it’s important to first know a little about laws and judicial p rocess. Every state in the United States has laws against sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. To find out what the sexual violence laws are in the state , check out womenslaw.org where you attend college . Additionally, all colleges and universities have a judicial process for sexual misconduct that functions independently from state laws. While laws and judicial processes vary by state, by school, and by crime, the Campus SaVE Act , enforced as of March 2014, represents improvements to the handling of sexual misconduct on U.S. college and university every campus. For students, the Campus SaVE Act has the follow ing provisions, which afford transparency, protection, and accountability for both the accuser and the accused. © 2016 by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. All rights reserved.

2 1. The total number of incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking are disclosed in annual campus crime statistic reports (without revealing identifying information about the victims or offenders). 2. Colleges must provide students or employees who report an incident of sexual violence a written list of their rights, which include o assistance in reporting a crime to law enforcement o guidance on changing academic, living, transportation, or work situations to avoid a hostile environment o instructions for obtaining a restraining order o a clear description of the institution’s disciplinary process and the range of possible sanc tions written notification of available services for mental health, victim advocacy, legal o assistance, and other services available both on campus and in the community 3. Colleges must publish information on the procedures for reporting sexual violence, including how to preserve evidence of the incident o o to whom and how to formally report the incident (on and/or off campus) o the right to decline formal ly reporting to law enforcement 4. Colleges must provide “prompt, fair and impartial” disciplinary proceedings that ensure an equitable process to both parties, including proceedings conducted by campus officials who have received annual training on o appropriate handling of cases involving allegations of dating violence, domestic ing violence, sexual assault, and stalk the right for both the accuser and the accused to have an advisor of their choice o present during the disciplinary process o written notice of the outcome of all disciplinary proceedings, provided to both parties at the same time o for the rights of both parties to appeal disciplinary proceeding decisions or advocate changes to the final outcome 5. Colleges and universities must provide primary prevention and awareness programs for students and employees. Education must include o training on safe and positive opt ions for bystander intervention o information on recognizing warning signs of abusive behavior © 2016 by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. All rights reserved.

3 o ongoing prevention and awareness programs for students and faculty Our school understands that sexual violence is an obstacle to every student’s right to a college education and stands by all the provisions of the Campus SaVE Act. We also believe that treating each other with respect on campus is a shared responsibility. Please read all the information in this course on sexual violence carefully, and take this infor mation seriously. It is your best resource to understand your safety rights on campus and make wise decisions about friends, relationships, and dating. These skills will help you make the most of your college years . © 2016 by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. All rights reserved.

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