The Attorney General, in consultation with the Secretary of Education, shall provide for a national baseline study to examine the scope of the problem of campus sexual assaults and the effectiveness of institutional and legal policies in addressing such crimes and protecting victims. The Attorney General may utilize the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime in carrying out this section.
Based on the study required by subsection (a) of this section and data collected under the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act (20 U.S.C. 1001 note; Public Law 101–542) and amendments made by that Act, the Attorney General shall prepare a report including an analysis of—
(1)the number of reported allegations and estimated number of unreported allegations of campus sexual assaults, and to whom the allegations are reported (including authorities of the educational institution, sexual assault victim service entities, and local criminal authorities);
(2)the number of campus sexual assault allegations reported to authorities of educational institutions which are reported to criminal authorities;
(3)the number of campus sexual assault allegations that result in criminal prosecution in comparison with the number of non-campus sexual assault allegations that result in criminal prosecution;
(4)Federal and State laws or regulations pertaining specifically to campus sexual assaults;
(5)the adequacy of policies and practices of educational institutions in addressing campus sexual assaults and protecting victims, including consideration of—
(A)the security measures in effect at educational institutions, such as utilization of campus police and security guards, control over access to grounds and buildings, supervision of student activities and student living arrangements, control over the consumption of alcohol by students, lighting, and the availability of escort services;
(B)the articulation and communication to students of the institution’s policies concerning sexual assaults;
(C)policies and practices that may prevent or discourage the reporting of campus sexual assaults to local criminal authorities, or that may otherwise obstruct justice or interfere with the prosecution of perpetrators of campus sexual assaults;
(D)the nature and availability of victim services for victims of campus sexual assaults;
(E)the ability of educational institutions’ disciplinary processes to address allegations of sexual assault adequately and fairly;
(F)measures that are taken to ensure that victims are free of unwanted contact with alleged assailants, and disciplinary sanctions that are imposed when a sexual assault is determined to have occurred; and
(G)the grounds on which educational institutions are subject to lawsuits based on campus sexual assaults, the resolution of these cases, and measures that can be taken to avoid the likelihood of lawsuits and civil liability;
(6)in conjunction with the report produced by the Department of Education in coordination with institutions of education under the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act (20 U.S.C. 1001 note; Public Law 101–542) and amendments made by that Act, an assessment of the policies and practices of educational institutions that are of greatest effectiveness in addressing campus sexual assaults and protecting victims, including policies and practices relating to the particular issues described in paragraph (5); and
(7)any recommendations the Attorney General may have for reforms to address campus sexual assaults and protect victims more effectively, and any other matters that the Attorney General deems relevant to the subject of the study and report required by this section.
(c) Submission of report
The report required by subsection (b) of this section shall be submitted to the Congress no later than September 1, 1996.
(d) “Campus sexual assaults” defined
For purposes of this section, “campus sexual assaults” includes sexual assaults occurring at institutions of postsecondary education and sexual assaults committed against or by students or employees of such institutions.
(e) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out the study required by this section—$200,000 for fiscal year 1996.
The Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, referred to in subsec. (b), is Pub. L. 101–542, Nov. 8, 1990, 104 Stat. 2381, as amended, which amended sections
1232g of Title
20, Education, and enacted provisions set out as notes under sections
1092 of Title
20. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title of 1990 Amendments note set out under section
1001 of Title
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