Campus Action against Sexual Assault
Needs, Policies, Procedures, and Training Programs
by Michele A. Paludi, Editor
May 2016, 315pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3814-9
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Sexual assault on campus is all too common: one in four college women is a survivor of rape—as is one in seven college men.

A practical guide to prevention of and response to sexual assault on college campuses, this invaluable resource will help ensure Title IX compliance—and can also help reduce the incidence of these all-too-prevalent events.

The frequency of sexual assault on college campuses is startlingly high. Notwithstanding this fact, most campus officials are not trained in the psychology of the victimization process, while most students are not aware of their reporting options. A practical guide to sexual assault at colleges and universities, this book integrates theories and empirical research with information about legislation and techniques to help college administrators deal with—and prevent—these disturbing offenses.

The work brings together a team of experts who discuss various types of assault, including rape, stalking, intimate partner violence, and sexual harassment, and detail the legal, educational, and federal responses to such events on college campuses. They address federal and state laws, including new bills being proposed in Congress, and present research on the physical and psychological dimensions of sexual assault. Perhaps most important, the book shows how human resource techniques and principles can be used to establish preventative measures and to respond appropriately when sexual assault does occur. Students’ accounts of prevention training and education enhance the scholarly and legal contributions to this important—and timely—volume.


  • Explores the psychological dimensions of campus sexual assault as it affects emotional health, physical health, career development, and self-concept
  • Integrates three main perspectives often lacking in other books on the topic—legal, social science, and human resource management
  • Includes first-person experiences through interviews with students, scholars, and attorneys
  • Offers practical recommendations for preventative approaches as well as recommendations for investigation procedures
  • Provides sample policies and training programs
Michele A. Paludi, PhD, is the author/editor of 52 college textbooks and more than 200 scholarly articles and conference presentations on sexual harassment, campus violence, psychology of women, gender, and discrimination. She has served as a Title IX Coordinator for campuses and is in human resources and leadership at Excelsior College. Her book, Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus, received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States. She is series editor for the Praeger series Women's Psychology and Women and Careers in Management and was editor of Praeger's Understanding Campus Violence. Paludi served as Chair of the U.S. Department of Education's Subpanel on the Prevention of Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Higher Education. She was one of six scholars in the United States to be selected for this subpanel. She was also a consultant to and a member of former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo's Task Force on Sexual Harassment. Paludi, who serves as an expert witness for court proceedings and administrative hearings on sexual harassment, campus violence, and workplace violence, has extensive experience in conducting training programs and investigations of sexual harassment and other Equal Employment and Equal Educational Opportunity (EEO) issues for businesses and educational institutions. In addition, she has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, Union College, Hamilton College, and Union Graduate College, where she directs the human resource management certificate program. She is on the faculty of the School of Management.
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