Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence

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The recent shootings at Virginia Tech brought issues surrounding campus violence to the forefront once again. But campuses have always had problems with stalking, sexual harassment, bullying, rape, robbery, burglary, and intimate partner violence, among other things. In fact, the incidence rates of campus violence are quite startling. For example, the incidence of sexual harassment among undergraduate students ranges between 20 and 80 percent each year. Between 8 and 15 percent of college women say they have been raped. And battering occurs in up to a third of all couples in dating relationships in the U.S. Fortunately, there are solutions to the problem of campus violence. In Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence, Michele Paludi and a host of experts detail preventive procedures as well as methods to stay safer on campus. In Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence, experts in law, HR/employment policy, psychology, criminal justice, and education offer sage, real-world advice to campus administrators, parents, students and employees on how to prevent and manage campus violence. It offers insights into the reasons behind violent acts, prevention techniques, methods students can use to protect themselves, and therapeutic techniques for the following types of violence: -Bullying -Sexual harassment -Cyberstalking and cyberharassment -Intimate partner violence -Rape -Homicide -Robberies and other violent crimes The book also addresses the legal responsibilities of schools, as well as the psychological fallout on people in the aftermath of violence. Featuring interviews with student-victims, and providing sample policies and training programs, Understanding and Preventing Campus Violence will help students learn to spot situations of potential violence, help teachers use classroom excercises to raise awareness and prevent future violence, and help college administrators and managers learn to safeguard the people and assets in

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"The recent episodes of campus violence in the US have received much media attention and have permanently etched in the minds of millions of Americans fear that campuses, once thought to be safe, are no longer havens from violence. In this timely volume, editor Paludi brings together a multidisciplinary group of contributors to codify and make orderly sense of the research on campus violence; demonstrate the importance of and methods to communicate with the campus community on this issue; and advise on dealing with and preventing campus violence. There is so much valuable information contained in these pages it is difficult to point to a single idea. Perhaps at the top of this reviewer's list would be the excellent discussion of institutional policy and policy implementation. The materials presented in the text are well documented, the arguments are thorough, and the editor's message is clear—campuses need to come to grips with violence of all sorts….Paludi's volume is practically required reading for higher education administrators, campus leadership across the board, and those seeking answers to violence in general. Highly recommended. All academic collections."



"I think that this book would appeal best and be most helpful to student affairs personnel charged with the general well-being and cocurricula development of students rather than to specialists in college mental health, law, or security. It might also be appropriate for graduate courses in student personnel administration and higher education administration, but I do not think it would be a useful text for undergraduate or graduate courses in psychology. In sum, I would recommend it for those new to the problem of violence on campus and to those with broad rather than specialized administrative responsibilities on campus."



"The broad reach of this book makes it a good resource for those affiliated with college campuses…this book is very accessible to a wide audience. It moves beyond the coverage of theory and statistics to the provision of sensible and specific recommendations, which will make it a useful tool for any who work with college students."


James Madison University College of Integrated Science and Technology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313348280
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHELE A. PALUDI is the author or editor of twenty-six college textbooks and more than 140 scholarly articles and presentations on campus violence, sexual harassment, workplace violence, and the psychology of sexual victimization. She is the coauthor of Understanding Workplace Violence: A Guide for Managers and Employees (Praeger, 2006) and Work, Life, and Family Imbalance: How to Level the Playing Field (Praeger, 2007).

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Table of Contents

Introduction Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A.

Pt. I Empirical Research on Campus Violence 1

Ch. 1 Gendered Violence on Campus: Unpacking Bullying, Harassment, and Stalking Jennifer L. Martin Martin, Jennifer L. 3

Ch. 2 Bullying and Hazing: A Form of Campus Harassment Florence L. Denmark Denmark, Florence L. Maria D. Klara Klara, Maria D. Erika M. Baron Baron, Erika M. 27

Ch. 3 Shots Heard Round the World: Campus Violence and International Student Concerns Presha E. Neidermeyer Neidermeyer, Presha E. Siri Terjesen Terjesen, Siri 41

Ch. 4 The Impact of Campus Violence on College Students Bethany L. Waits Waits, Bethany L. Paula Lundberg-Love Lundberg-Love, Paula 51

Pt. II From the Research Laboratory to the Classroom: Pedagogical Techniques for Teaching Students About Campus Violence 71

Ch. 5 Anti-Violence Pedagogy: Strategies and Resources Jennifer L. Martin Martin, Jennifer L. 73

Ch. 6 "A" Is for Activism: Classroom-Based Approaches to Preventing Campus Violence Joan C. Chrisler Chrisler, Joan C. Mab Segrest Segrest, Mab 95

Ch. 7 Stalking as a Form of Campus Violence: Case Studies Janet Sigal Sigal, Janet 99

Ch. 8 The Psychology of Women Course as a "Catalyst for Change" for Campus Violence Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. Florence L. Denmark Denmark, Florence L. Darlene C. DeFour DeFour, Darlene C. 103

Pt. III Dealing with and Preventing Campus Violence: Laws, Policies, Procedures, and Training Programs for Students and Employees 113

Ch. 9 Laws Affecting Postsecondary Institutions' Efforts to Prevent, Respond to, and Recover from Acts of Violence on Campus Linda Gordon Howard Howard, Linda Gordon 115

Ch. 10 SexualHarassment Education Amy J. Ramson Ramson, Amy J. 129

Ch. 11 Sample Policies and Procedures for Preventing and Dealing with Campus Violence Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. Carmen Paludi, Jr. Paludi, Carmen, Jr. Maritza Santos Santos, Maritza 153

Ch. 12 Security On Campus (SOC): Our Mission Is Safer Campuses for Students Jonathan M. Kassa Kassa, Jonathan M. 191

Ch. 13 College Campus Violence Prevention: How Background Investigations Can Have a Direct Impact Mario Pecoraro, Jr. Pecoraro, Mario, Jr. 195

Ch. 14 Responding to Sexually Victimized College Students Connie Kirkland Kirkland, Connie Howard Kallem Kallem, Howard 199

Epilogue Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. 219

Appendices Dealing with and Preventing Campus Violence: Resources for Administrators, Students, Employees, and Faculty 223

App. A Advocacy Resources Dealing with Campus Violence Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. Christa White White, Christa 225

App. B Campus-Wide Educational Techniques Betty Jean Uebrick Uebrick, Betty Jean Gennette Hollander Hollander, Gennette Carrie Turco Turco, Carrie Christa White White, Christa Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. 229

App. C Campus Security Recommendations for Administrators to Help Prevent and Deal with Violence Jesse Middelkoop Middelkoop, Jesse John Gilhooley Gilhooley, John Nicholas Ruepp Ruepp, Nicholas Raymond Polikoski Polikoski, Raymond Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. 233

App. D Keeping Safe on College Campuses: Recommendations for Students Michele A. Paludi Paludi, Michele A. 237

Index 241

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