UK Researchers Publish Book on Adjudication of Sexual Assault on College Campuses

By Jenny Wells-Hosley

Claire Renzetti sits at a desk. A new book by researchers in the University of Kentucky's Center for Research on Violence Against Women (CRVAW) explores adjudication options on sexual misconduct on college campuses.

Published in January by Cognella, "Adjudicating Campus Sexual Misconduct and Assault" was edited by CRVAW Director Diane Follingstad and Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair Claire Renzetti.

"There is considerable confusion around policies and procedures for addressing campus sexual misconduct and assault and a good deal of diversity across campuses," said Renzetti, who is also professor and chair of the UK Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. "One of our goals has been to provide some clarity with regard to such issues as consent, standards of proof, sanctions, the role of attorneys and other components of campus adjudication processes."

The book's publisher, Cognella says this book "convenes the voices of leading legal and social analysts and practitioners to discuss the most complex dimensions of this timely and critical issue. The volume provides thorough and honest assessment of adjudication options and promotes dialogue regarding how to increase collaboration, improve responses, and address challenges that arise both within institutions and externally."

The center will host its annual "Campus Responses to Sexual Misconduct" conference again this fall, with this year's theme being "Changing the Culture on Campus." The conference will take place Sept. 24-25 at the Marriott Lexington City Center. Registration for the conference opens soon. For more information, visit

The book is part of the Cognella Series on Family and Gender-Based Violence, an interdisciplinary collection of textbooks featuring cross-cultural perspectives, cutting-edge strategies and interventions, and timely research on family and gender-based violence. Paperback, e-book and spiral bound editions are available.

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