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The Campus Save Act/VAWA: A Compliance Guide

Hillary Pettegrew, Esq.
May 2020

Why Read This

The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, part of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), amended the Clery Act and added domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking to sexual assault and other criminal offenses for which higher education institutions must report statistics and disclose certain information in their annual security reports. In addition, reportable “hate crimes” now include those based on a victim’s gender identity or national origin. This guide offers guidance on how to comply with the Campus SaVE Act, including the definitions institutions should use to decide which offenses involving domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault to report and other specific mandates regarding procedural notifications, disciplinary procedures, and training.

Key Takeaways

  • Institutions must take several steps to comply with the Act, including collecting data about the categories of crimes (including hate crimes based on gender identity or national origin) that must be reported in the annual security report due Oct. 1 of each year.
  • VAWA also imposes on institutions specific requirements for procedural notifications to parties, internal disciplinary procedures for those accused of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking, and training and prevention for both students and employees.
  • Institutions must publicize the Act as widely as possible because compliance requires effective campus-wide collaboration. Among the constituents who must know the Act’s requirements: students, the President and cabinet, faculty, campus security, Risk Management, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Residence Life, and Counseling and Health Services staff.

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