Campus Violence: Understanding the Extraordinary Through the Ordinary

Nancy Chi Cantalupo

Georgetown University Law Center; Victim Rights Law Center

August 18, 2009

Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 35, pp. 613-690, 2009
Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1457343

Recent mass shootings on college campuses have focused many on the responsibilities of colleges and universities to prevent and respond to such violence. However, in statistical terms, this type of campus violence can thankfully be considered relatively extraordinary. In contrast, the only type of campus violence that is unfortunately common enough to be characterized as “ordinary” is peer sexual assault and similar forms of campus gender-based violence. Accordingly, this essay explores the scope and dynamics of both “ordinary” and “extraordinary” campus violence, discusses the law and “best practices” dealing with peer sexual violence victims’ rights and the due process rights of students accused of misconduct, and contrasts the typical disciplinary responses of many schools to both the methods required by the applicable law and those advocated by the best practices literature. It concludes that understanding peer sexual violence and applying that understanding to less common forms of campus violence may help us to prevent and understand what the proper responses should be to both forms of violence.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 79

Keywords: sexual, assault, harassment, violence, sex discrimination, education, college, university, campus

JEL Classification: K40, I20

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Date posted: August 18, 2009 ; Last revised: September 9, 2010

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Cantalupo, Nancy Chi, Campus Violence: Understanding the Extraordinary Through the Ordinary (August 18, 2009). Journal of College and University Law, Vol. 35, pp. 613-690, 2009; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 1457343. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1457343

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