American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 401–425 | Cite as

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act: SaVing Lives or SaVing Face?

  • Vanessa Woodward GriffinEmail author
  • Dylan Pelletier
  • O. Hayden GriffinIII
  • John J. SloanIII


The purpose of this study is to examine colleges’ and universities’ compliance with the criteria presented by the Sexual Assault and Violence Education Act (SaVE). Using a stratified random sample of postsecondary institutions (n = 435), we examined university websites in spring 2015 to determine whether schools were meeting each criterion of the SaVE Act. Additionally, we also examined what types of programs were offered for prevention, the accessibility of the information (by number of separations from universities main website). Lastly, we examined how university resources and programs, as well as institutional and student characteristics, were related to overall compliance and the availability of online information on sexual violence programs that institutions offered. Findings showed that only 11 % of schools within the sample were fully compliant with the requirements of the SaVE Act and on average, each school met ten of the eighteen criteria for compliance. Most resources were available within websites that were three to four separations from the main university page. Student population and region were positively associated with whether any programs on sexual violence programs were offered and schools with women’s centers were more likely to offer program/s on dating/domestic violence. Additionally, ROTC programs and larger student populations were positively associated with compliance, while being located in the south was negatively associated.


Campus crime Sexual assault Violence against women Crime prevention Clery Act SaVE Act Title IX 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanessa Woodward Griffin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dylan Pelletier
    • 2
  • O. Hayden GriffinIII
    • 3
  • John J. SloanIII
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of CriminologyUniversity of West GeorgiaCarrolltonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Criminal Justice and CriminologyWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA
  3. 3.Department of Justice SciencesUniversity of Alabama at BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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