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    July 2014

    Complying With the Campus SaVE Act

    The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act), which became effective in March, creates new compliance obligations for higher education institutions.  Part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), the law comes at a time of multiple high-profile government investigations of campus response to sexual misconduct allegations and a recent White House Task Force report on protecting students from sexual assault.

    The SaVE Act made several key changes to the Clery Act, adding domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the crimes that institutions must report.   In addition, the new law requires institutions to implement and explain internal policies and procedures in cases of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, and to educate students and employees about prevention and response.

    To help our members meet these critical obligations, United Educators (UE) has created a learning program which provides essential information about Campus SaVE to various audiences at your college or university. Three online courses, each requiring about 20 minutes to complete, teach your students, faculty and staff, and administrators about their role in preventing, identifying, and responding to allegations of sexual violence.

    The student and faculty/staff courses:

    • address consent in intimate relationships
    • discuss how to recognize signs of abusive relationships
    • explore ways to get help for the learner or others in trouble
    • feature interactive exercises that test learners’ knowledge and explain the preferred response

    The course for administrators focuses on how to satisfy the new requirements for crime reporting, training, and policy implementation.  For example, the  Campus SaVE Act contains definitions to determine what incidents qualify as dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking for Clery Act reporting purposes – yet instructs institutions to use their own states’ definitions for training students and employees on these topics.  In addition, the course offers an interactive checklist so administrators can assess their institutions’ progress toward meeting the SaVE Act’s training mandates.

    While these online courses offer an effective way to begin satisfying Campus SaVE requirements, using the courses alone will not achieve compliance.  SaVE Act compliance requires every institution to create its own internal policies and training programs designed to respond to and prevent incidents of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking against all members of the campus community.

    Preview all our courses anytime here on  If you have any questions or need assistance with the courses, please contact A risk management advisor will respond promptly.

    By Hillary Pettegrew, Risk Management Counsel


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