In 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, or Campus SaVE Act (SaVE) was signed into law as an amendment to the federal Jeanne Clery Act.  Championed by a bi-partisan effort, SaVE was designed as a companion to Title IX, with the goal that it would help improve response and prevention of sexual violence in higher education.

SaVE requires ALL colleges and universities (public and private) who participate in federal student aid programs to do the following: increase transparency about the scope of sexual violence on campus, guarantee victim’s enhanced rights, provide standards in institutional conduct proceedings, and provide campus community-wide sexual assault prevention educational programming.

However, some career and technical colleges were placed at a disadvantage with the limited guidelines, best practices, and the lack of resources that followed.  Already inundated with various regulations and guidelines upon which to operate daily, and without specifically designated individuals whose sole responsibility is to stay abreast with the new requirements, many colleges find themselves still out of compliance and as a result, in possible danger or harm.

What is the Harm?

Many institutions who find themselves out of compliance, or doing the bare minimum, could be putting their college and students in harm’s way.  In June of 2016, the Office of Civil Rights had over 300 active Title IX investigations (sexual assault and harassment cases). This does not account for the thousands of complaints received.  With each violation costing up to $35,000 in fines, in addition to lawsuits and bad press, many schools cannot afford to not act.

First steps to compliance

The Department of Education has given specific guidelines and has clarified some of the requirements over the last few years.  However, to get you started, here are four things you should invest your efforts into immediately.

  1. Create and disseminate a notice of nondiscrimination
  2. Designate at least one employee to coordinate Title IX efforts (Title IX Coordinator). This does not have to be the individual’s only responsibility, but they must receive adequate training on what constitutes sexual harassment – including sexual violence – and understand how the recipient’s grievance procedures operate.
  3. Adopt and publish grievance procedures providing for prompt and equitable resolution(s)
  4. SaVE also instructs colleges and universities to provide programming for students and employees that addresses the issues of sexual violence and harassment.

Affordable Title IX Education

3E Campus Safety provides an interactive online sexual assault prevention curriculum for students as well as faculty and staff.  Our curriculum covers how to prevent, recognize, and report acts of sexual violence in a language that is applicable to the experiences of both residential and non-residential students, allowing us to stand out amongst our competitors. 

A single or multi-year contract provides a comprehensive customizable online sexual assault prevention training program for an unlimited number of students.  The training includes education on how to identify, prevent and report various types of sexual violence (assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, etc.) to help ensure a safe learning environment. 3E Campus Safety also provides access to local resources directly from our platform and utilizes your current policies to customize to your institution’s specific needs.

In addition, you will also receive the staff training program that includes a comprehensive look at sexual violence (sexual assault, stalking, intimate partner violence, etc.), the role of a responsible employee, and workplace sexual harassment.

The best part is that 3E Campus Safety is affordable and does not provide an additional burden on your Title IX Coordinator.

For the month of July only, we are offering a special discounted 12-month contract.  Allow us to show you what makes 3E Campus Safety stand out from the other programs in the market. 

Sources:

https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-201104.pdf

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/title-ix-investigations-sexual-harassment_us_575f4b0ee4b053d433061b3d