“A lot of schools already do have confidentiality protections, but a lot of survivors don’t feel they are very strong,” Ms. For instance, if a high-profile athlete on campus has been accused of assault, students often hear about it through the grapevine and the university does not hold anyone to account for leaking information out of confidential disciplinary hearings, she says.
The new rules require for the first time that colleges and universities report annual statistics on incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, in addition to sexual assault.
“That does not send the right message in terms of impartiality,” he says.
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The group that negotiated the new Clery Act rules included survivors of campus assaults as well as representatives of law enforcement, colleges, and advocacy groups.
The rules are open for public comment until July 21 and should be finalized by Nov. The strengthening of confidentiality provisions is particularly important, because it will encourage more survivors of assault to come forward, advocates say.
They also change the definition of “rape” to match the FBI’s, so it now will include sodomy and sexual assault with an object.“People will be using more consistent definitions and collecting data so that we can compare and contrast,” says Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations at the American Association of University Women in Washington.