University of California, Riverside

Title IX/Sexual Harassment Office

Violence Against Women Act

New Campus Obligations under Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)


What is VAWA?

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed into federal law the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA), which is aimed at improving how colleges and universities in the U.S. address sexual violence. This new law imposes obligations for the University of California to revise its policy and practices to comply with new regulations that addresses and prohibits acts of violence such as, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, and it clarifies the rights of victims. The new regulations also include:

  • Reporting campus crime statistics beyond the crime categories that the Clery Act already mandates, to which now include incidents of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking, as well as crimes motivated by gender identity or national origin;
  • Providing comprehensive educational prevention and awareness programs for incoming students and new employees, in addition to ongoing prevention and awareness campaigns for students, faculty and employees that identifies and defines sexual assault, rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking; and
  • Conducting annual training for investigators and hearing officers who investigate and review reported offenses.

In addition, both Title IX and VAWA legislation permits the University of California, Riverside to assist both the victim and the accused with:

  • An investigation
  • Counseling and medical services
  • Using the Campus Safety Escort Service
  • Choosing a support person to accompany them throughout proceedings
  • Allowing the victim and the accused to attend different classes
  • Academic support services


Factsheet: The Violence Against Women Act

Under the leadership of then-Senator Joe Biden, Congress recognized the severity of violence against women and our need for a national strategy with the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994. This landmark federal legislation’s comprehensive approach to violence against women combined tough new provisions to hold offenders accountable with programs to provide services for the victims of such violence.

Click Here  to view full fact sheet.


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For additional information on the Violence Against Women Act visit the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women website at 

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Title IX Office
349 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-7070
Fax: (951) 827-7071

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