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Abstract

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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