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July 1 Deadline Approaching On New VAWA Regulations


Regulations interpreting the Violence against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) become effective for higher education institutions on July 1, 2015. Generally speaking, these regulations contain new reporting, policy, and training requirements for colleges and universities. Here is a brief summary of some of the most important new provisions.

New Reporting Requirements
The Clery Act requires annual reporting of statistics for various criminal offenses occurring within certain locations. VAWA adds domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to the categories that must be reported under Clery.

These categories are defined by the regulations as follows:

VAWA also adds “national origin” and “gender identity” to the reportable hate-crime categories.

New Policy Requirements
VAWA mandates that institutional policies include information on a bevy of new items including the following:

New Training Requirements
Under VAWA, all new students and new employees must be offered “primary prevention and awareness programs” that promote awareness of rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In addition, officials conducting proceedings regarding rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking must receive annual training on these topics and on how to conduct an investigation and hearing process that protects the safety of victims while promoting accountability.

If you have any questions about these regulations, please visit our Higher Education Practice Group website at or contact your regular FP attorney.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of specific new federal regulations. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.


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