Resource Center: Campus Accountability & Safety Act

The Problem

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, college campuses reported over 5,000 forcible sex offenses in 2013 – but a recent study shows that the actual number of offenses is estimated to be at least six times that number.

Rather than protect survivors and hold assailants accountable, colleges and universities are incentivized by the current federal laws to sweep cases under the rug. A recent survey of colleges and universities found that 41 percent of colleges have not conducted a single investigation of sexual violence on their campus in the past five years.

Currently, 141 universities are under federal investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights for alleged violations of Title IX related to the handling of sexual violence.

Campus Accountability & Safety Act

A bipartisan group of 34 Senators has proposed the Campus Accountability & Safety Act to protect students and boost accountability and transparency at colleges and universities.

The new legislation incorporates input from survivors, students, colleges and universities, law enforcement and advocates. It would do the following:

  1. Establish new campus resources and support services for student survivors
  2. Ensure that college and university staff meet minimum training standards to address sexual assault cases
  3. Create historic transparency requirements to provide students, parents and officials with an accurate picture of the problem, and of how campuses are addressing it
  4. Require a uniform student disciplinary process across campuses, and coordination with law enforcement
  5. Incentivize colleges and universities to address the problem by establishing enforceable Title IX penalties and stiffer penalties for Clery Act violations

Key Resources & Info

Text of Campus Accountability & Safety Act (pdf)

Campus Accountability & Safety Act 1-pager (pdf)

White House Task Force Report (pdf)

A Guide to Federal Resources (pdf)

Senator Gillibrand's Senate HELP Committee Testimony

Senator McCaskill's Sexual Violence On Campus Survey

Dept. of Education's Office Of Civil Rights

Summary Of The Jeanne Clery Act

Gillibrand Bipartisan Letter With Recommendations To White House Task Force

Gillibrand & McCaskill Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging New Resources

Senator McCaskill Campus Sexual Assault Roundtables

List of CASA Supporters

CASA Explainer

5 Things To Know About CASA

Editorials & Op-Eds Urging Reform

Survivors' Stories

News Clips

Resources For Students & Survivors

32 National Campus Safety Initiative

Clery Center For Security On Campus

End Rape On Campus

Know Your IX

Legal Momentum

National Alliance to End Sexual Violence

National Women's Law Center




Victim Rights Law Center


7/29/15 Senate HELP Committee Testimony on Campus Accountability and Safety Act

2/26/15 Bipartisan Group of Senators Stands With Survivors To Introduce The Campus Accountability & Safety Act

2/26/15 Campus Accountability & Safety Act Press Conference - Senator Gillibrand

2/26/15 Campus Accountability & Safety Act Press Conference - Andrea and Annie

7/30/14 Campus Accountability & Safety Act Press Conference - Anna

7/30/14 Campus Accountability & Safety Act Press Conference - Susan

7/30/14 Campus Accountability & Safety Act Press Conference - Tre'Shonda

7/30/14 Campus Accountability & Safety Act Press Conference - Wagatwe