In June 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf furthered his “It’s On Us” campaign by signing Act 16 into law, which requires colleges and universities to review and adopt policy on sexual harassment and violence as well as implement an online reporting system within a year.
“The reluctance of assault victims to report these acts to authorities blocks their changes for justice and helps understate the scope and severity of the problem,” said Senator Baker. This new legislation is being championed in the hopes that it will provide additional resources for student victims who don’t report sexual violence because they are afraid to reveal their identity.
With this new legislation, Pennsylvania lawmakers are hoping that this will make campus in their state even safer.
These new requirements must be in place by June 28, 2020.
If your institution is located within Pennsylvania and accepting financial aid from the government, this legislation requires you to comply with the following:
Above is an overview of PA Act 16, please ensure you are compliant by reading the full legislation.
“Sexual assault must never be tolerated and the reforms in these new laws create a path for more legislative progress in the future.”
By June 2020, institutions are required to establish an “online reporting system.” The purpose of this system is to receive complaints of sexual harassment and sexual violence from both students and employees.
The following is required of the online reporting system:
If a complaint is submitted, the university officials that are responsible must follow the process establish through the required sexual harassment and violence policy. And, an institution may not refuse to investigate an anonymous report because it is anonymous.
Our SafeColleges and LiveSafe Online Reporting Solutions can help you comply with Act 16 and provide a safe way for sexual violence victims, or those of any type of campus violence, to report it anonymously to your administration.Request a Demo