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In 2019, as part of an initiative to reduce rates of unwanted sexual contact at military service academies, the U.S. Department of Defense funded the development of an assessment tool to help military service academies assess whether they are aligned with best practices to eliminate sexual assault and harassment. The assessment was based on a literature review and expert feedback and consisted of 63 criteria that represent what right looks like in sexual assault and harassment prevention. These criteria form the basis of this guide, which is intended to help civilian universities and colleges assess their own programs to prevent sexual assault and harassment. The guide provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for determining how an institution's efforts align with best practices in sexual assault and harassment prevention and how its programs can be improved.

This research was sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office and conducted within the Forces and Resources Policy Center of the RAND National Security Research Division (NSRD).

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