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J Am Coll Health. 2016 Aug-Sep;64(6):438-47. doi: 10.1080/07448481.2016.1178122. Epub 2016 Apr 18.

Conveying campus sexual misconduct policy information to college and university students: Results from a 7-campus study.

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a Prevention Innovations Research Center, University of New Hampshire , Durham , New Hampshire , USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the efficacy of different methods (ie, in-class policy reading; in-class policy reading and discussion; no reading or discussion) to deliver campus sexual misconduct policy information to students on 7 campuses.

PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 1,195 participants at 7 colleges and universities participated in the study from August to October 2014. Participants were randomly assigned at the class level and completed pretest and posttest surveys assessing knowledge of campus policy and resources and confidence to seek help for sexual assault.

RESULTS:

Students exposed to a larger dosage of material (in-class policy reading plus discussion) showed greater positive changes in attitudes and knowledge than students who did not receive information or were only read the policy. However, on some indices, students who were only read the policy showed positive outcomes compared with students receiving no intervention.

CONCLUSION:

Colleges and universities must use engaging methods to disseminate campus sexual misconduct policies to students.

KEYWORDS:

Confidence to seek help; disseminating campus policy information; information dosage; policy knowledge; sexual misconduct policy; students; universities and colleges

PMID:
27088240
DOI:
10.1080/07448481.2016.1178122
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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