Charlotte Hoppen is working on a paper on variation in college and university approaches to sexual assault prevention.
The 2013 Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act aims to increase the transparency of university reporting and adjudication policies for sexual misconduct. Following the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter, the Campus SaVE Act requires colleges and universities to provide ongoing prevention and awareness training, information on risk reduction, bystander intervention training, and primary prevention training to students and employees. Charlotte Hoppen is studying if universities in 2015 were providing these types of training programs, and how institutional characteristics are associated with the provision of programming.
Charlotte is using quantitative methods to examine how the sector, selectivity, financial resources, and women in leadership are associated with Campus SaVE Act compliance. Institutional selectivity, categorized as rankings and acceptance rates, can guide school action to increase levels of competition amongst schools. While monetary resources are not the same as prestige factors, they are often related. Schools with more funding and financial security may be more likely to comply with the Campus SaVE Act. This would highlight educational inequalities within higher education systems and would imply that if students are financially able to attend more wealthy institutions, they are more likely to be protected from sexual violence. Women in campus leadership positions may also impact rates of compliance, along with the political background of the school and institutional sector.
This study will assist Title IX offices, policymakers, and feminist organizers with understanding areas for growth within programming based on institutional factors. It will highlight how institutional characteristics may drive educational and gender-based inequalities.