The first steps to combating this crime include taking it seriously, having an appropriate policy, and training campus personnel and public safety officers on how to effectively respond.
Prompt, thorough and impartial inquiries will help protect victims of sexual violence and ensure your institution is in compliance with Title IX.
While the U.S. Department of Education has yet to levy a fine for non-compliance with its Title IX sexual violence guidance, the average award in sexual assault cases that go to a jury is about $200,000.
Institutions of higher education in New Jersey are required to participate in a peer review program. The process, which is the only one of its kind in the nation, gives colleges and universities a way to review the laws that impact them and assess how or if they are meeting the requirements of those laws. It also provides them a baseline for campus safety and security.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights suggests these measures to prevent sexual violence.
Enlisting the help of male and female students, athletes, coaches, staff, teachers, administrators, fraternity and sorority members, and even strangers enables campuses to develop allies in the battle against sexual violence on campus.
Crisis response can be a weak point in the overall campus safety strategy. Attend Stay in Control – Don’t Let a Crisis Define Your Reputation to optimize your crisis response.
Learn how tools like mass notification systems coupled with the right emergency communication plan can help your organization achieve the speed and reach it needs to keep everyone safe and informed.