New U.S. Law Includes Sexual Assault Provisions for Colleges
- Sexual assault survivors tell Congress to increase protections in VAWA
- Senate bill would expand Clery Act to include dating violence, stalking
- Federal campus safety rules reignite debate over standard of evidence
- Education Department rulemaking panel OKs new set of campus safety rules
- White House publishes new rules for reporting, investigating sexual assaults
WASHINGTON – The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, passed by the House of Representatives on Thursday and now headed to President Obama’s desk to be signed, includes the Campus SaVE Act, a provision that will require more crime reporting and sexual assault prevention measures. Higher education and civil rights groups have been pushing Congress since last year to pass a version of the bill that would expand more protections to college students.
The House’s vote to pass the bipartisan Senate version of VAWA ends a long, contentious political battle over whether to include LGBT, Native American and immigrant victims (the House didn't want to). With the passage of the SaVE Act, colleges will be required to report instances of dating violence and stalking in addition to other crimes they must already report under the Clery Act. They must also strengthen procedures for notifying victims of their legal rights and maintain campuswide policies for addressing and preventing sexual assault.