Prevention of Sexual Misconduct on University Campuses: Intervention, Implementation and Evaluation (2019-2020)

This Bass Connections project aimed to devise and examine novel interventions meant to confront the issue of sexual misconduct on university campuses. These interventions were focused on translating the knowledge and values students possess into appropriate behavior that decreases incidents of sexual misconduct among Duke community members.

Team members worked with the relevant offices and student groups on campus to incorporate interventions developed during the first year of the project into existing efforts and prepare for a full implementation and evaluation beginning in the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. Team members used the initial results of small-scale studies conducted in Spring 2019 to assess, revise and/or propose new interventions. They developed an intervention focused on examining the social scripts around relationships, centering around the ways gender roles are stereotyped in relationships and how these stereotypes are related to unhealthy relationships, coercion and sexual assault. They then discussed alternative scripts. They also developed surveys to measure gender role perceptions and attitudes towards sexual assault, as well as bystander behaviors.

Support for this project was provided by the Silver Family Kenan Institute for Ethics Fund in Support of Bass Connections.


Summer 2019 – Spring 2020

This Team in the News

Opportunity to join Bass Connections’ Project Examining Sexual Misconduct on Campus

See earlier related team, Prevention of Sexual Misconduct on University Campuses (2018-2019).


Image by Geralt, CC0 Creative Commons

Image by Geralt.

Team Leaders

  • Moran Anisman Razin, Kenan Institute for Ethics
  • Suzanne Shanahan, Kenan Institute for Ethics|Arts & Sciences-Sociology
  • Sim Sitkin, Fuqua School of Business

/graduate Team Members

  • Anna Sturkey, Business Administration-MBA

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Carolyn Bell, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Nora Benmamoun, Public Policy Studies (AB), Asian & Mid East Studies (AB2)
  • Sonali Mehta, Public Policy Studies (AB)
  • Mahima Varma, Psychology (AB), Sociology (AB2)
  • Alan Zhao, Biology (BS)