Bill of Rights

Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights & History

Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill or Rights

Rights:

  • The accuser and the accused must have the same opportunity to have others present for support and consultation.
  • Both parties shall be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding.
  • Survivors shall be notified of their options to notify law enforcement.
  • Survivors shall be notified of counseling services.
  • Survivors shall be notified of options for changing academic and living situations.

History

The United States Congress enacted the “Campus Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights” in 1992 as part of the Higher Education Amendments of 1992.  It was signed into law by President Bush in July of 1992.  The law requires that all colleges and universities that participate in federal student financial aid programs afford sexual assault victims certain basic rights. 

It also requires the school to notify the victims of their option to report the assault to the proper law enforcement authorities. 

If a school is in violation of this law they can be fined up to $27,500 or lose their eligibility to participate in federal student aid programs.  Any complaints about a school should be made to the U.S. Department of Education.

The original purpose of this legislation was to combat the re-victimization of rape survivors across college campuses.  This was a need that came about due to many image conscious colleges and universities that were more concerned with protecting their public image than seeing justice being served.

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