ERIC Number: ED410328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Educational Intervention: A Prescription for Violence at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Davis, Wanda M.
Data from campus crime reports and security logs help identify the perpetrators and likely victims of crime on college campuses. The historically black college or university campus is not exempt from physical and verbal acts of violence, and every area of the campus is vulnerable. Although the academy has no duty to protect the community from violence by a third party, taking no action to minimize risks makes for unsafe campus environments. It is no longer good enough to offer only services and programs that talk about victimization. A proactive response that interrupts the cycle of violence has been developed. This approach, called Educational Intervention (EI), addresses the disruptive behavior of perpetrators and assures that they understand their responsibility to the campus community. As a collaborative and structured educational experience that involves students and staff, EI gives the institution an opportunity to take a proactive role in student development, giving perpetrators the opportunity to examine their beliefs, values, and behaviors. EI is administered through the student conduct judiciary process and managed by professional staff. As a response to violent or intolerant behavior and a violation of the student behavior code, an agreement is reached between the judicial office and the student. Then a formal mentoring relationship is arranged between the student and the mentor. This relationship centers on an approved and agreed-on project or activity. A successful intervention attracts others who might be nominated as mentors and engages the entire community in a collaborative effort for safety. (Contains 1 table and 21 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A