Sexual violence prevention and response at institutions of higher education in a changing federal landscape: a feminist policy analysis

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Leigh-Anne A. Royster (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Pagie Hall Smith

Abstract: Gender based violence is experienced at higher rates on college campuses than in other communities. Recent federal guidance is meant to increase campus capacity to respond to this gender-based violence at colleges and universities, but it is unclear if the approach released by the recent Campus SaVE Act will meet this goal. New federal legislation has sparked strong guidance from the Office of Civil Rights and the Department of Education. Part of this guidance has loosely clarified the expectation of mandatory reporters (also known as Responsible Employees) on college campuses. Guidance from ATIXA (Association of Title IX Administrators) suggests that all university employees be mandatory reporters. However, this designation is still left to the discretion of each institution. In other words, there is currently no standard definition of what constitutes a “mandatory reporter”. The consistent prevalence of the public health epidemic of gender-based violence on college campuses as well as consistently low rates of reporting these incidents indicate the need for responsive prevention and response policies and practices at institutions of higher education. Currently, the variance in interpretation and policy development resulting from the federal guidance and impact on existing prevention and response efforts is unknown. Through a case study feminist policy analysis approach, this study addresses this concern.

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Language: English
Date: 2017
Feminist policy analysis, Mandatory reporting, Responsible employee, Sexual violence, Title IX
Sexual harassment in universities and colleges $z North Carolina $x Prevention
Rape in universities and colleges $z North Carolina $x Prevention
College students $x Crimes against $z North Carolina
Rape victims $x Services for $z North Carolina
Universities and colleges $x Security measures $z North Carolina
Sex crimes $x Law and legislation $z North Carolina

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