Addressing Student Attitudes towards Sexual Misconduct

Strategies for Improving Campus Climate

Topics: Sexual Health and Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • How do administrators assess the climate of their institution with respect to sexual misconduct?
  • What significant gaps in understanding or education surrounding sexual assault have administrators identified among students, and how have they developed programming and education efforts accordingly?
  • How do institutions assess the efficacy of sexual misconduct programming with respect to student attitudes towards and perceptions of sexual misconduct?


Following the release of the “Dear Colleague” letter by the U.S. Department of Education and its Office for Civil Rights, many institutions are working to develop more comprehensive assessments of the campus climate with respect to sexual misconduct. This brief examines such assessments, including content, structure, and distribution; additionally, the brief details several types of educational and preventative programs, as well as program assessments for continued improvement.

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