VAWA Amendments to Clery

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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act expand the rights afforded to campus survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. You can access a free PDF checklist, developed by the Clery Center to assist campuses in assessing their compliance with the VAWA amendments to Clery. If you need technical assistance as you evaluate campus processess, please email: info@clerycenter.org.

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Law Enforcement | Institutions must have a policy statement that addresses the jurisdiction of security personnel and notes any agreements that are in place for the investigation of alleged criminal offenses (such as written memoranda of understanding). 

Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, & Stalking | Colleges and universities must provide data regarding incidents of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Institutions also must add policy statements specific to these crimes. These policy statements must outline the procedures an institution will follow after an incident of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking, and identifies rights and options available to survivors. 

Prevention Programming | The VAWA amendments require prevention programs that aim to stop these crimes before they occur. These programs promote positive and healthy behaviors that foster healthy, mutually-respectful relationships and sexuality, encourage safe bystander intervention tactics, and seek to change behavior and social norms in healthy and safe directions. 

Confidentiality | The annual security report must address how the college or university completes Clery Act public recordkeeping and data-sharing without including identifying information about the survivor, and while keeping any accommodations or protective measures confidential. 

Hate Crimes | Institutions must share data on incidents of hate crimes within their Clery-reportable geography. The VAWA amendments added gender identity and national origin to the categories of bias institutions must reflect within their statistics.