Does Mandatory Sexual Misconduct Training Make Campuses Safer?

A 2011 “Dear Colleague” letter issued by Barack Obama’s Office of Civil Rights reaffirmed that sexual violence in educational institutions constitutes a Title IX violation. The letter reminded colleges that Title IX and Clery Act compliance – and continued federal funding -requires on-campus training programs to prevent and reduce sexual assault and harassment. As the schools struggled to end the problem of sexual misconduct, they mandated students, staff, and faculty to participate in online or in-person trainings. All of this prompted our team to ask the rather straightforward question: Does mandatory training actually help change campus climates and reduce sexual misconduct?

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Restorative Justice for Sexual Misconduct: Not if but When

Mary Koss & Elise Lopez: Restorative justice is an effective way of addressing sexual misconduct.

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Why We Need to Take Survivors, Not Rape, “Seriously”

Alexandra Brodsky: The push for mandatory referral to criminal justice systems is misguided.

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Reporting Sexual Harassment: Toward Accountability and Action

Annie Hill: Victims are not the problem; universities must change cultures conducive to sexual misconduct.

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How Can We Increase Reporting of Sexual Misconduct on Campus?

Brian A. Pappas: Mandatory reporting is just one piece of a larger effort needed to address sexual violence on campus

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What Do Students Think of Mandatory Reporting?

Christina Mancini & Justin Pickett: College students, on balance, support mandatory reporting policies.