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Staying Safe

As a crime victim, you may not feel safe. This section includes information about protecting your safety and getting the help you need.

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Students and Gender-Based Violence

There are civil rights protections for students who experience sex discrimination.

Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Title IX requires K-12 schools, colleges and universities to respond to all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Title IX

What is Title IX?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. This means schools must provide civil rights protections for students who experience sex-based harassment, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender-based harassment to ensure their equal access to education.
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to respond to sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. These rights are protected regardless of the gender of the person experiencing harassment.

The Clery Act

What is The Clery Act?
The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to report certain information about crimes that occur on and near campus. This includes sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. These schools must also provide supportive measures and investigations for survivors.

The Clery Act only applies to colleges and universities.

What can I do if I am a student and I am experiencing sex/gender discrimination (including sexual harassment and sexual violence)?

You can make a report to your school. It is important to know that you do not need to report an incident to law enforcement to receive protections under Title IX and the Clery Act. For example, reporting sexual harassment, which is a civil rights violation, to a school is completely separate from reporting a sex crime to law enforcement and involving the criminal justice system. A victim’s decision to report an incident to their school and/or to law enforcement may depend on many considerations. 

Please note that whenever a student under the age of 18 reports rape, sexual assault, sexual touching, or other crimes involving physical harm, the school is required by Arizona law to report it to law enforcement.

Here are further resources to learn about filing a Title IX or Clery Act complaint:

National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Help
Know Your IX’s Taking Legal Action Under Title IX
End Rape On Campus’ The Clery Act
Learn more about reporting sexual violence or harassment to a school or how to access supportive measures at Know Your IX’s Reporting Violence

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