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08/06/2015 11:47 am ET Updated Feb 01, 2017

DOJ Launches Website To Advise Colleges On Sexual Assault

Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., July 8,
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Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., July 8, 2015.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women unveiled a new website Wednesday aiming to help guide colleges on how to address sexual violence on campus.

The website, changingourcampus.org, is billed as a one-stop-shop for administrators, faculty and staff at colleges and universities. It includes round ups of research and resources specific to dating and domestic violence and stalking, both issues that colleges are obligated to address in addition to sexual assault due to the gender equity law Title IX.

Schools can also engage in a compliance check with the campus safety law known as the Clery Act, and can watch webinars and listen to podcasts about how to respond to reports of sexual assault from students. The website includes information on groups students can go to, like End Rape On Campus, if they are interested in filing a complaint against their school. There are plans to add resources specific to historically black universities, faith-based schools and tribal colleges.

The DOJ pledged in a news release to “seek guidance and input from campus-based experts, campus communities, and grassroots groups” committed to ending sexual and intimate-partner violence. 

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