ERIC Number: EJ816828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Reference Count: 15
The Effectiveness of Discipline/Judicial Processes on Catholic Campuses as Measured by the Rate of Recidivism
O'Reilly, Frances L.; Evans, Roberta D.
College Student Journal, v41 n4 p1055-1063 Dec 2007
University and college campuses in the United States utilize disciplinary/judicial processes to help address student behavioral problems. These include administrative, majority-peer, and minority-peer processes. This descriptive research was undertaken to find which of these three discipline/judicial processes were the most effective. The population consists of 219 colleges and universities across the United States, all affiliated with the Catholic Church. This delimitation provided an opportunity for assumptions about similar learning environments, leaving the processes themselves the foci of analysis. Further analyses examined the results in terms of relative campus size, perceptions about the efficacy of these discipline/judicial processes, and the availability of data per campus. The intent of this study was to compare these approaches and study their impacts as a means of enlightening the "best practices" to discipline students for those campus administrators who face these issues daily. Results showed that the minority-peer discipline/judicial processes are the most effective approach when compared to majority-peer and administrative processes for all size campuses because this process has fewer repeat offenders. Recommendations for further research and Student Affairs professionals are provided.
Descriptors: Campuses, Recidivism, Discipline, Higher Education, Catholic Schools, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Critical Incidents Method, Policy Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Behavior Problems, Student Problems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States