Federal Policies Related to Sexual Misconduct
The University of New Mexico strictly prohibits all forms of sexual violence. Under Title IX, sexual violence is a severe form of sexual harassment. Sexual violence is unacceptable and will not be tolerated at the University of New Mexico. Sexual violence may be committed by a stranger, an acquaintance or someone with whom the victim is involved in an intimate or sexual relationship. Victims of sexual violence are encouraged to report what happened to law enforcement and seek assistance from any of the resources, on and off campus, listed in this publication.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Title IX is a powerful tool for students who want to combat sexual violence at school and on college campuses. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment, rape, and sexual assault.
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. The Clery Act also contains the Campus Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights, which requires colleges to disclose educational programming, campus disciplinary process, and victim rights regarding sexual violence complaints.
Campus SaVE Act:
The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act increases transparency on campus about incidents of sexual violence, guarantees enhanced victim rights, sets standards for campus disciplinary proceedings, and requires campus-wide prevention education programs. The Campus SaVE Act amends the Clery Act. President Obama signed the Campus SaVE Act into law on March 7, 2013 as part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization.