The USM Campus Safety Project is a university-wide effort to promote healthy relationships at USM by providing prevention education and response training on sexual assault, stalking, and relationship abuse for students, faculty, and staff, as well as coordinating campus and community-based programs and services.
Two federal laws (Title IX and the Clery Act), along with University of Maine Board of Trustees policies (Policy 402), guide the work of the Campus Safety Project and these efforts:
Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded educational program or activity. The Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Education has been charged with the regulations and enforcement of Title IX. In 2011, OCR issued a reminder to institutions of higher education that, “the sexual harassment of students, including sexual violence, interferes with students’ rights to receive an education free from discrimination.” Institutions have an obligation to prevent and respond to issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault on their campuses.
The Clery Act (formally known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act) requires campuses to report crimes that occur on campus and publish school safety policies in an Annual Safety Report.
Initially funded through two cycles of three-year grants from the Department of Justice via the Violence Against Women Act, the Campus Safety Project has helped USM make sure that we have the policies, procedures, and resources to address sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking on the University of Southern Maine's campuses.
The Campus Safety Project is led by USM's Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Sarah E. Holmes, in partnership with a steering committee, made up of staff, faculty, students, and direct service providers from our community partners.