2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Examination of Title IX Mandatory Reporting Policies and Higher Education

 


Lucas T. Dowdall
Dr. Victoria Mayer, Faculty Mentor

To properly assess the effects of university mandatory reporting policies under Title IX anti-discrimination frameworks, a random sample of 153 students completed a survey while two responsible employees under the policy and one senior administrator were interviewed. Opinions, experiences and perceptions among both populations were utilized in the assessment. Results found that overall perceptions, opinions and experiences were generally positive. Older students held less positive opinions as they were significantly less likely to believe mandatory reporting policies are necessary as well as less likely to have confidence in the university to aid victims. The most crucial finding is that those who have reported incidents of sexual discrimination are least likely to have confidence in the university to act in the best interest of victims following a disclosure that triggers the mandatory reporting policy, implying the flaws in university policy may lie in the handling of situations after disclosure.

 

Keywords: Title IX, Mandatory Reporting, Compelled Disclosure, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Sexual Discrimination, Anti-discrimination

Topic(s):Sociology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 102-2
Location: BH 114
Time: 8:45

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