Your Rights as Students
These resources outline your basic rights as determined by federal law. Your local state may have additional laws in place regarding your rights as students. This information does not represent legal advice: you should consult an advocate at a sexual violence program or an attorney if you are seeking or have an active complaint.
Issued by the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (2011), these resources include guidelines on legal obligations in addressing sexual violence in school and on campus presented by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary Duncan. Colleges and universities are required to respond to assault and sexual harassment complaints under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In the event that a school fails to comply with the law, a student may file a complaint through the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights. (More information on how to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and/or the Department of Justice is available at www.notalone.gov/students)
- Dear Colleague Letter:Sexual Violence - includes a discussion of Title IX's requirements related to student-on-student sexual harassment and concludes by discussing the efforts schools can take to prevent sexual harassment and violence
- Know Your Rights Fact Sheet on Title IX – outlines basic rights under Title IX
- Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence - provides further clarification on legal requirements and examples of proactive efforts schools can take to prevent sexual violence and remedies schools may use to end such conduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
Clery Center for Security on Campus
Established as a nonprofit 501(c)(3), the Clery Center for Security on Campus is “dedicated to preventing violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses across the United States, and to compassionately assist the victims of these crimes."
Gender-Based Violence & Harassment: Your School, Your Rights
Produced by the American Civil Liberties Union, Women's Rights Project (2011), this two-page document is an easy-to-digest set of information geared towards students who have been victims of sexual violence on campus. It offers an overview of a student's rights, and helpful do's and don'ts in terms of what campuses are allowed to do in responding to reports of sexual violence.
Know Your IX Resource Kit and Wesbsite
Created by Know Your IX, a campus activist group, this robust and easy to understand website is aimed at current students who want to become more involved in responding to and preventing sexual violence on campus and for victims who are interested in filing a Title IX complaint.
- Campus Policy Toolkit
- How to File a IX Complaint
- Common Concerns when Filing a IX Complaint
- Pros and Cons of Filing a IX Lawsuit
- Comparing Your Legal Options
Know Your Rights: Title IX & The Clery Act
Compiled by the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (2014), thischart provides an overview and scope of these two regulations, including: general requirements, types of conduct covered, types of investigations, victim rights, information about hearings and adjudications, confidentiality, staff training, prevention education, and more.
Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault
Released by the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault in 2014, this report outlines a set of action steps and recommendations regarding sexual assault on campus. The report starts with a summary of why action needs to be taken and lists the first 4 sets of initial recommendations taken to end campus sexual assault: 1) Identify the scope of the problem on college campuses; 2) Help prevent campus sexual assault; 3) Help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted; and 4) Improve and make more transparent the federal government's enforcement efforts.
Stalking Resource Center
Created in partnership by the National Center for Victims of Crime and the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, the Stalking Resource Center offers training, technical assistance and research.
Victims Rights Law Center: Know Your Rights: Understanding Title IX for Campus Sexual Violence Victims
Written by the Victim Rights Law Center, this guide aims to help survivors better understand their rights and what school must do versus what they should do under Title IX. The Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) has offices in Massachusetts and Oregon, where they represent sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context; they also provide training for attorneys, schools and other systems.