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Clemson University

To comply with new sexual assault prevention requirements, colleges turn to online courses

MINNEAPOLIS This fall, college students across the nation are getting the same homework assignment about sex, drinking and safety.

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act regulations, which took effect in July, require colleges and universities to give sexual violence and harassment prevention education to all new students and employees.

A nationwide rush to meet the mandate has created a fast-growing market of private companies selling online Campus SaVE Act courses, all promising to ensure compliance with the law. But some students say the courses are an invasion of privacy and one that may not make much of a difference on campus.