Our efforts to end campus violence are focused where we believe they will have the most impact: working with colleges and universities to help them understand and comply with the requirements of the Clery Act.
We also recognize that students and families are seeking answers — whether as part of their college research process, or in response to a crime.
In both cases, you have rights protected under the Clery Act and other legislation. Below, you will find a collection of resources we recommend for students and families looking to understand what their rights are, and what they should do next.
This page is not intended for emergency response. If you have been the victim of a crime, contact local law enforcement and your legal counsel immediately.
What they do: Work to improve fire safety at schools and in communities.
What to look for: A monthly electronic newsletter on campus fire safety and other fire safety resources.
What they do: Changing Our Campus Culture is a resource through the Department of Justice’s Office On Violence Against Women Campus Grant Program, which builds systems, programs, and policies for effective prevention and intervention strategies to address violence against women.
What to look for: A comprehensive online clearinghouse on sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking on campus.
What they do: Facilitate open communication, discussion, and resource sharing between university/college emergency management practitioners charged with making our campuses more disaster resilient.
What to look for: An active lists and shared resources through “first responder communities of practice.”
What they do: Provide civil legal services for students and families who experience crime on campus.
What to look for: Legal information, free educational seminars and webinars.
What they do: Engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
What to look for: Downloadable materials like palm cards, bookmarks, posters, and handouts addressing healthy relationships and the warning signs of abuse.
What they do: Mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.
What to look for: Free handouts on topics such as rape as a men’s issue, defining the rules between sex and rape, and athletes as men of strength.
What they do: Raise awareness and standards of campus fire safety for all students, and address fire safety issues specific to students with disabilities.
What to look for: Resources for fire safety education on campus, including RA guides and videos.
What they do: Leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession.
What to look for: Thought leadership, professional development, and publications for student affairs professionals.
What they do: Provide useful resources and information to support safer campus communities.
What to look for: A “living database” of resources such as white papers (including Clery Act information), government funded studies, videos, webinars, and more.
What they do: Provide leadership in preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research.
What to look for: A variety of information about the impact of sexual assault, how to respond to survivors, and prevention of sexual violence, including a list of bystander intervention resources and examples.
What they do: Work with young people across the country to raise awareness about the warning signs of abuse and activate communities to work to change the statistics around relationship violence.
What to look for: A free, research-based film that educates the community about relationship violence, a campaign to help students identify relationship abuse, and other materials.
What they do: Advocate for the protection of students by providing information about rental rights, and working with landlords and local college communities to develop and maintain improved safety measures in off-campus apartments.
What they do: Work to prevent sexual assault and heal survivors through social advocacy, prevention education and survivor support.
What to look for: Educational speakers and workshops and #ConsentIs kits for promoting consent.
What they do: Promote awareness, action and advocacy to enhance victim safety, hold stalking offenders accountable, and enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking.
What to look for: Resources for National Stalking Awareness Month in January, including downloadable brochures, tips, and videos.
What they do: Promote safe school, campus, and organizational climates through research, information sharing and the development of data-driven strategies for hazing prevention.
What to look for: Leading research on hazing and insight and materials on hazing prevention.
What they do: Bring communities together to prevent bullying.
What to look for: The #Day1 Toolkit for Colleges and Universities, which gives institutions information they need to be aware of bullying and take actions within their own lives to put an end to it.
What they do: Work to ensure every sexual assault victim has an attorney and the most effective legal remedies available.
What to look for: Webinars and guides for safety planning with campus sexual assault victims and a no contact order guide.
What they do: Develop, enact, or support programs that address issues that contribute to harm such as bullying and mental health.
What to look for: Free and confidential campus safety assessment.
What they do: Task Force led by the Office of the Vice President and the White House Council on Women and Girls that works with agencies to develop a coordinated federal response to campus rape and sexual assault.
What to look for: Resources for students as well as colleges and universities regarding sexual violence prevention and response, including how to develop sexual misconduct policies and procedures.