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When and How Many: Factors Associated with Campus Sexual Assault Reforms
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  • Abbie Nelson,
  • Carrie Moylan,
  • Jennifer Allen,
  • Amy Hammock
Abbie Nelson
Michigan State University

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Carrie Moylan
Michigan State University
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Jennifer Allen
Michigan State University
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Amy Hammock
Stony Brook University
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Objective: Institutions of higher education (IHE) have faced increasing pressure to comply with federal regulations and reform their response to campus sexual assault (CSA). This study explores whether decoupling, or organizational resistance to change, is associated with the number and timing of CSA reforms adopted. Participants: A web-based survey of IHE employees familiar with sexual assault policy implementation on their campus asked about types of reforms, timing, decoupling, and campus characteristics. Method: Correlations and t-tests were run to examine the types of reforms across time periods, and regression assessed the degree to which decoupling was associated with the number and timing of reforms. Results: Higher decoupling was associated with fewer reforms in the early period and more in the late period, though not with the overall number of reforms adopted. Conclusions: Findings highlight the importance of understanding factors that influence change on campuses.
04 Aug 2023Submitted to Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
07 Aug 2023Submission Checks Completed
07 Aug 2023Assigned to Editor
07 Aug 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned
27 Sep 2023Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
16 Oct 2023Editorial Decision: Revise Major
31 Jan 20241st Revision Received
13 Feb 2024Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
13 Feb 2024Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
15 Feb 20242nd Revision Received
16 Feb 2024Submission Checks Completed
16 Feb 2024Assigned to Editor
16 Feb 2024Editorial Decision: Accept