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Changes to Clery Act Require More Reporting, Increased Training Around Sexual Violence on Campus

Stop CrimeOn October 20, the U.S. Department of Education published the final regulations for the Violence Against Women Act amendments to the Clery Act. The regulations, which go into effect on July 1, 2015, expand the rights afforded to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Among other provisions, the final regulations require institutions to:

  • Maintain statistics about the number of incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus.
  • Provide to incoming students and new employees (and describe in their annual security reports) prevention and awareness programs. The regulations also specify what these programs must include.
  • Provide ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students and employees, and describe these programs in their annual security reports.
  • Have policy statements regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

So what should colleges and universities be doing now to prepare for the new rules?

  • Review and modify policies related to Title IX and sexual assault and violence on campus.
  • Do a cost analysis to determine needed funding for additional costs related to increased paperwork, compliance efforts, training, etc.
  • Modify training programs to comply with the new rules.
  • Consult legal counsel.

North Carolina State University recently shared its formal violence prevention policy and adopted an integrated approach to behavior assessment and violence risk mitigation. Check out the article “Preventing Campus and Workplace Violence: What Sets NC State’s Risk Management Model Apart” in the Fall 2014 issue of The Higher Education Workplace.

For resources related to VAWA, the Clery Act, the Campus SaVE Act and Title IX, visit the CUPA-HR Knowledge Center. If you have resources, best practices or policies you’d like to share with your higher ed peers, send them to learn@cupahr.org.

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