Campus SaVE Act at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
What is the Campus SaVE Act?
In March of 2013, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act was passed by congress as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Reauthorization. The SaVE Act requires colleges and universities, both public and private, participating in federal student aid programs to increase transparency about incidents of sexual violence on campus, guarantee victims enhanced rights, provide standards for disciplinary proceedings, and provide campus community wide prevention educational programs. Colleges must provide “primary prevention and awareness programs” for new students and employees, as well as ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns. The clear transparency, victim rights, and educational responsibilities defined in the recent Campus SaVE Act are essential changes that will decline sexual violence on campus and require colleges to increase their effort when taking preventive measures.
Lurleen B. Wallace Community College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that promotes personal integrity, civility, and mutual respect and is free of discrimination on the basis of sex, which includes all forms of sexual misconduct. Lurleen B. Wallace Community College does not condone any form of sexual misconduct whether physical, mental, verbal or emotional in nature. Sexual misconduct includes sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking directed toward an individual based on their sex. Sexual misconduct by any member of the college community including students, faculty, employees, or staff is unacceptable and shall not be tolerated by any of the institutions that comprise the Alabama Community College System.
It is the policy of Lurleen B. Wallace Community College that no student or employee may threaten the health and safety of a member of the College community, of any person on College property, or at a College sponsored or supervised activity, through gender-based discrimination, sexual misconduct and violence. A non-discriminatory environment is essential to the mission of the Alabama Community College System. In order to create a safe and healthy environment, it is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to report any sexual misconduct to College officials. If there is reason to believe the College’s policies prohibiting sexual misconduct have been violated, the College may pursue the matter as misconduct warranting disciplinary action by the College, even if law enforcement authorities choose not to prosecute.