Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving anti-rape policy and education at the University of Delaware
by Schiffman, Jessica, D.Ed., University of Delaware, 2010, 163; 3423416
Abstract (Summary)

It is incumbent on colleges and universities to evaluate the conditions that lead to sexual assault on their campuses and to address those that may support a climate that encourages or tolerates rape. Though various policies and educational programs attempt to mitigate the problem, still it persists. The University of Delaware has not engaged in a review of sexual assault work on campus. Given a general sense that improvement is needed and that reporting rates for sexual assault at the University are not in synch with national reporting rates or with national incidence data, the time has come to look closely at policy and education initiatives on campus.

Dosch, Duchon and Navratil (2007) find lenient sanctions and policy discrepancies as central to a campus climate permissive to sexual assaults. This project points to possible weaknesses in sanctioning processes and policy oversights that raise concerns.

The potential advantages of creating a coordinated system offer tremendous benefits compared to the alternative – a fractured and confused set of sometimes competing responses that fail to meet the needs either of the students involved or of the institution.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Curry, Barbara K.
Commitee: Dagher, Zoubeida R., Denhardt, Kathryn G., Hampel, Robert L.
School: University of Delaware
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- Delaware
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, School counseling, Criminology, Higher education
Keywords: Delaware, Higher education policy, Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual assault education, Sexual assault policy, Sexual assault prevention, University of Delaware
Publication Number: 3423416
ISBN: 978-1-124-24202-6
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