There are a number of laws that define rights and responsibilities related to sexual assault:
Title IX is a comprehensive United States federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity. The main objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money in ways that support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individuals with effective protection against those practices. In an educational institution, such as a university, Title IX also applies to any education or training program operated by a recipient of federal financial assistance. To learn more about Title IX, visit the website for the Office of Investigations and Civil Rights Compliance.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to publish an annual security report (ASR), have a public crime log, disclose crime statistics for incidents that occur on campus or in unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus and at certain non-campus facilities, issue timely warnings about Jeanne Clery Act crimes which pose a serious or ongoing threat to students and employees, devise an emergency response notification and testing policy, compile and report fire data to the federal government and publish an annual fire safety report, and enact policies and procedures to handle reports of missing students. To learn more about the Jeanne Clery Act, visit the Clery Center for Security On Campus website.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization is a United States federal law and provides for services including Federal Rape Shield Law, community violence prevention programs, protections for victims or survivors who are evicted from their homes because of events related to domestic violence or stalking, funding for victim assistance services such as rape crisis centers and hotlines, programs to meet the needs of immigrant women and women of different races or ethnicities, programs and services for vicitms with disabilities, and legal aid for survivors of domestic violence. In addition, there are national resources that provide tools and guidance to institutions dealing with sexual assault. To learn more about the VAWA reauthorization act of 2013, visit the United States Department of Justice website.
Providing Academic and Employment Support to Students
The University of Oregon is committed to providing students with an environment where they may thrive in their educational pursuits. Sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating or domestic violence, and stalking creates barriers to students completing their education. We work to ensure that all students receive the support and services that they need to be academically successful.
Title IX of the 1972 Educational Act requires educational institutions to provide academic and employment support to students and employees, who experience sexual harassment, sexual assault or any other form of interpersonal violence. Academic and employment support may include, but is not limited to:
- Providing additional time to complete assignments or to take exams;
- Completing the course without attending the lectures;
- Providing academic support, such as tutoring;
- Arranging extra time to complete or re-take a course, or withdrawing from a course without an academic or financial penalty;
- Providing a No Contact Order (NCO) between the victim and the perpetrator, where the victim and the perpetrator may not contact each other;
- Changing the perpetrator’s or the victim's course to prevent both students from being in the same course;
- Providing excused absence from employment for a reasonable time; and
- Changing the hours or department of employment at UO.
The University of Oregon must provide reasonable academic and employment support or other interim measures whether or not the student decides to report the matter to the university. These are determined on a case-by-case basis as appropriate to the circumstances. Staff from the Crisis Intervention and Sexual Violence Support Services Program, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the Title IX Coordinator may contact a faculty member, instructor, or a supervisor to arrange for academic or employment support for a student or employee who has experienced interpersonal violence. If a faculty member or supervisor has any questions about providing the academic or employment support, the faculty member should contact the Title IX Coordinator Darci Heroy at 541-346-3123 or titleIXcoordinator@uoregon.edu.
The White House has formed the Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. This task force is focused on "strengthening and addressing compliance issues and providing institutions with additional tools to respond to and address rape and sexual assault." This task force worked closely with many agencies to create a public awareness campaign called It's On Us and a website called Not Alone. To find out more about the work and resources this task force provides, visit their website.
GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network)