Ensuring a safe return to campus for students, faculty, and staff has taken on a new meaning and challenges for college campuses as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. Campus leaders must balance COVID-19 safety protocols with a pressing need to improve student safety in other areas, including dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Recent research suggests the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent stay-at-home orders significantly weakened financial and social support systems. These stay-at-home orders were particularly devastating for those who experience domestic violence and intimate partner violence at home, as one study found that of those also experiencing violence at home before the onset of the pandemic, nearly 23 percent reported that the violence had worsened. Unemployment and isolation from others have left survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence susceptible to increased violence in the home. The reopening of college campuses provides an opportunity for those individuals experiencing violence at home to escape from their abusers and for campus staff to provide resources for them to escape from abuse permanently. The reopening of campus is an opportunity to provide support for victims of violence, providing a haven from their abusers, as women 18-24 and 25-34 have the highest […]
This Assessment Tool is intended to be used after reviewing Integrating Victim Services into Conduct Policies Guide. This case study can be used to assess how integrated victim services is in your institutions’ current domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking (DVSAS) conduct policy. “Se pretende utilizar esta Herramienta de Evaluación tras revisar la Guía de Políticas de Conducta sobre su Integración en los Servicios a la Víctima. Este caso de estudio puede ser utilizado para evaluar el nivel de integración de su institución, los servicios a la víctima y la política de conducta existente sobre la Violencia doméstica, Violencia en la relación de pareja, acoso sexual y acecho (DVSAS).” Download Document descargar documento
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights today issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that it will enforce Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity offered by a recipient of federal financial assistance. The Department’s interpretation stems from the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, issued one year ago this week, in which the Supreme Court recognized that it is impossible to discriminate against a person based on their sexual orientation or gender identity without discriminating against that person based on sex. “The Supreme Court has upheld the right for LGBTQ+ people to live and work without fear of harassment, exclusion, and discrimination – and our LGBTQ+ students have the same rights and deserve the same protections. I’m proud to have directed the Office for Civil Rights to enforce Title IX to protect all students from all forms of sex discrimination,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Today, the Department makes clear that all […]
Pride month is a time to celebrate the progress in achieving equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, but we must work to ensure that all members of the LGBTQ+ community receive equality.Continue Reading
This year marked 20 years since April was first recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and while there has been significant progress has been made, there still remains a great deal of work to be done.Continue Reading
Sexual assaults can have a tremendous impact on the mental and physical health of the women that experience them, making it very important that campuses support survivors to enable their success.Continue Reading
Most men think of sexual assault as coercion through physical force—the overly dramatized image of an assailant jumping out of the bushes or lurking in the shadows. That does happen, and those are very clear cases of sexual assault.
However, sexual assault shows up in myriad other ways on college campuses, and yet, far too often men are not forced to reconcile our actions with their consequences when they cause harm.Continue Reading
It all comes down to this: law enforcement and school administrators have to protect survivors—on campus and online.
Moving forward, college campuses must take more effective preventative measures to prevent sexual assault on campus, including increasing security presence, bringing awareness to the incidents of sexual misconduct on campus, and delivering harsher penalties for offenders.Continue Reading