Ongoing since 2015

Project Director: April Pattavina, Ph.D., Linda M. Williams, Ph.D.
Funder: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice

This study will document the current landscape (the breadth and differences) of campus approaches to investigations and adjudication of sexual assault. Informed by a victim-centered focus,

This study will document the current landscape (the breadth and differences) of campus approaches to investigations and adjudication of sexual assault. Informed by a victim-centered focus, Pattavina with Linda M. Williams, Ph.D. and Nan Stein, Ed.D. (Wellesley Centers for Women) and Alison Cares, Ph.D. (Assumption College) will develop a typology/matrix of approaches based on documented features of campus policies related to sexual assault gathered from a national sample of 1,000 colleges and universities from across the U.S. Supplementing the typology/matrix development will be interviews with and surveys of campus stakeholders and key informants to identify implementation strategies and challenges associated with each type of response model. The project will result in guidelines that will assist colleges with assessing their capacity and preparedness to meet new and existing demands for sexual assault response models.