The critical issues of sexual violence and sexual assault have rightfully gained greater attention at universities and colleges in our country.' Though these issues are not confined to university campuses, a few key reasons help ex­ plain the emphasis on sexual violence and sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, within the higher education world. First, at many institutions of
high­er education, vast numbers of young adults live independently and in close proximity to one another for the first time. Second, federal law imposes report­ing, response, and prevention requirements on colleges and universities that are not present in other contexts. And third, students, parents, faculty, staff, alum­ni, members of governing boards, members of the community, and members of the state and federal governments all appropriately expect that colleges and
uni­versities will provide a safe and secure learning and working environment.

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