Sex offenses and sexual harassment come in many forms. Ithaca College is committed to educating the campus community about recognizing these offenses and the situations and circumstances that give rise to them. The college also provides educational programming aimed at awareness, prevention, advocacy, victim rights and responsibilities; confidentiality, resources (on and off campus); and procedures, processes, and various options for reporting. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is an excellent resource for more detailed information concerning sexual misconduct in its many forms, to include guidance on protective measures available to involved parties, as well as laws, definitions, and penalties associated with these varied offenses, both criminal and judicial.
New Federal Guidelines on Sexual Assault: Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (or Campus SaVE Act)
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the Violence Against Women Act to provide new requirements for schools to prevent and respond to sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. These updates are sometimes referred to as the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act or Campus SaVE Act.
On April 29th, 2014 the Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, which President Obama created earlier in the year, released their report outlining specific recommendations for college campuses in preventing and responding to the statistic that one in five women is sexually assaulted in college. The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault is another step in Federal law, regulation, and guidance on preventing and addressing sexual assault on college and university campuses.