Campus Responses to Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Best and Worst Administrative Practices at Large, Public, Research I Universities
AuthorFeenstra, Abby E.
EnglishGender, Race, and Identity
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The purpose of this thesis is to assess administrative policies and procedures regarding sexual assault on college and university campuses in the United States, with the goal of determining which have been effective and which have not. This assessment will be done by first providing an overview of the history of attitudes towards sexual assault, followed by a summary of the contemporary climate regarding sexual assault on college campuses. Four specific universities will be assessed in terms of their efficacy in preventing and responding to sexual assault cases on their specific campuses. The research ultimately shows that effective policies and procedures are those including large amounts of student input, while the least effective are administrative, with a more top-down effect. Colleges and universities that attempt to be inclusive of all student identities and recognize the impact these identities have on sexual assault cases are also more effective.