As Virginia’s leading voice on sexual and domestic violence, the Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Action Alliance believes all college students have the right to learn and live in an educational environment where they are safe and  treated equally. This is the overarching spirit of Title IX, the Clery Act, and Virginia campus safety legislation. The presence of sexual violence, dating/domestic violence, stalking, and other gender-based violence threatens this right. We also know that institutional and societal oppressions compound the negative effects of violence on students of color and other historically marginalized groups. We have heard from Virginia’s colleges and universities that you/they are hungry for concrete guidelines and examples of promising and best practices in Virginia and nationwide; to respond to this gap in resources, we researched and wrote a set of best practices guides for Virginia’s college and university campuses.

What makes these guides different from the other best practices guides for campuses?

The Safety and Justice for All guides outline best-practice recommendations to help campus professionals move beyond regulatory compliance and to institute trauma-informed and racial justice oriented prevention and responses to gender-based violence.

Recommendations are based on specific roles on campus

Key recommendations included in the guides are organized into six groups:

  • administrators;
  • advocates (both on- and off-campus);
  • faculty and other instructional employees;
  • Title IX coordinators and campus disciplinary professionals;
  • campus law enforcement and security officers; and
  • prevention specialists.

We created an edition specifically for Community Colleges

Due to the unique context of Virginia’s Community Colleges, we created a separate guide for those institutions. The structure and framework for the Community College guide are the same; several recommendations in this guide were adapted to address Community College specific concerns and utilize Community College examples.

Virginia’s colleges, universities, and community colleges are doing excellent work to respond to and prevent gender-based violence. These guides feature concrete examples of ways that institutions and organizations have implemented these recommendations, with the majority of the examples coming from Virginia institutions.

Sexual assault is a widespread problem on college campuses. This tip sheet provides information for families to discuss regarding campus sexual assault as well as safety, consent, and healthy relationships. A list of questions to ask about how your child’s college handles sexual assault is also included.

Across the nation, concerns over the rate of sexual assault on college campuses have generated public interest, new federal regulations, and intense focus. This infographic brings awareness and understanding to campus sexual violence and the new federal laws for coalitions, college campuses and advocates.

This discussion guide provides an overview of consent and discusses ways to shift the way we think, talk, and act about sexual assault on college campuses.

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has released a new guidance package on Title IX coordinators.  This package helps clarify that coordinator's roles and responsibilitie​s, as well as ways that schools should support the work of their Title IX coordinators.  The package includes details about the scope and administrative requirements of Title IX, as well as recommendations and discussion of key related issues.  It urges institutions to do as much as possible to eliminate conflicts of interest for Title IX coordinators, and to support Title IX coordinators through promoting their visibility and providing for their training.

Spring/Summer 2015 The Resource cover imageThe Spring/Summer 2015 edition of The Resource shines a spotlight on campus sexual assault. Included in the special campus section are the following articles:

  • 'The Hunting Ground': An interview with filmmaker Amy Ziering reveals it wasn't difficult to find survivors of campus sexual violence who wanted to tell their stories for the documentary film. "The sad thing is, there are way too many survivors," Ziering said.
  • Director's Viewpoint: Karen Baker, Director of the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, talks about a busy Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April 2015, the theme of which was "It's Time to Act: Safer Campuses, Brighter Futures. Prevent Sexual Violence."
  • Prevention preparedness: Are coalitions in the U.S. ready to lead primary prevention, campus-based efforts?
  • 'From compliance to commitment': The North Carolina Campus Consortium hosted its first-ever Campus Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence Peer Educator's Summit.
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Photos from 30 busy days of activism.

Other topics covered in this issue include: effective social media advocacy, The Six Pillars for Prevention of child sexual abuse, the 2015 National Sexual Assault Conference in Los Angeles, and more.

Want to read about a topic that hasn't been covered? Send ideas to with the subject line "Resource Story Idea."

This position statement from the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence opposes mandatory referral legislation requiring colleges and universities to refer all sexual assault reports to law enforcement.

Los materiales de la campaña SAAM 2015 incluye descargables en 3 tamaños gratis. Disponible en inglés.

Cover- Vision general de la prevencion

Esta descripción proporcionar información sobre la prevención de la violencia sexual en los universitarios. En inglés.

Cover- Que es violencia sexual universitario?

Esta hoja informativa proporciona una descripción de la violencia sexual en universitarios. En inglés.


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