Your Rights at UNH

The University of New Hampshire is a public institution with a long-standing commitment to equal opportunity for all.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran’s status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs, services, or activities.

UNH has an obligation to protect the rights of all students. The division of Student Life provides students with the Student Rights, Rules, and Responsibilities which outlines specific rights.

Your rights covered by Federal Law

Title IX

There are also specific rights pertaining to sexual violence and harassment that are covered by federal law. Title IX is a landmark federal civil right that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. Part of the law addresses sexual harassment, gender-based discrimination, and sexual violence. Sexual violence includes attempted or completed rape or sexual assault, as well as sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and verbal or physical sexuality-based threats or abuse. Inquiries regarding discrimination should be directed to Title IX Coordinator.

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History of laws that protect students from sexual violence and harassment

Below is a brief history of laws that protect students from sexual violence and harassment.

Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

Title IX is a landmark federal civil right that was made into law in 1972 which prohibits sex discrimination in education.

The Clery Act, 1990

The Jeanne Clery Act is a federal statute requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The U.S. Department of Education conducts reviews to evaluate an institution’s compliance with the Clery Act requirements. Initially called the “Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act” and later renamed in memory of slain student Jeanne Clery.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), 1994

Established federal legal definitions of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Made funding grants for reducing these crimes available to higher education institutions.

Dear Colleague Letter, 2011

Noting that sexual assault had become an epidemic on college campuses, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recommended that “all schools implement preventive education programs” as part of their orientation programs for new students, faculty, and staff. The programs should include a discussion of what constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence, the school’s policies and disciplinary procedures, and the consequences of violating these policies.

The Campus Save Act, 2013

The Campus Save Act amended the Clery Act to mandate extensive “primary prevention and awareness programs” regarding sexual misconduct and related offenses. Schools must educate students, faculty, and staff on the prevention of rape, acquaintance rape, relationship abuse, sexual assault, and stalking.