Courtyard Chatter: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Legislation Asks Colleges to do more about Sexual Assault

New Legislation Asks Colleges to do more about Sexual Assault

In March of last year a new piece was added to the Federal Jeanne Clery Act, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination, SaVE Act. It represents the most dramatic expansion of sexual violence legislation in more than 12 years.

The new law requires colleges to designate campus security authorities who have a responsibility for student and campus activities, and provide these employees with training. The law also requires colleges outline a bill of rights that protects victims’ privacy and supports victims’ assistance opportunities.

The Clery Act requires institutions to track crime statistics, and the SaVE Act adds domestic violence, dating violence and stalking to the statistic requirements as well.

Institutions are still working out how to roll out materials and information about the new act to employees and students, but the Brookhaven College police have made their first efforts with this presentation. Please take a few moments to review the materials here.