More on Duke Sexual Assault Policy

The Tuesday before Thanksgiving class is the least attended session of the year each Fall Semester, and yesterday was no different with about one-third of the 45 students attending my Intro to Health Policy course. So, I covered a few topics that had gotten less attention than they deserved, and then devoted the last 20 minutes of class to talk through Duke’s Sexual Assault policies as laid out in the Duke Community Standard.

Not one of the ~15 undergrads who were there could describe even a brief outline of the policy, or how much it had been changed in the past year. We had a good and interesting discussion about why a University would have a set of policies beyond simply calling the police, talked through the standard of consent outlined, and discussed some of the examples of policy violations listed in the Community Standard.

There is obviously a gap in what the students know and what administrators think (or hope?) they know.

About Don Taylor
Professor of Public Policy at Duke University (with appointments in Business, Nursing, Community and Family Medicine, and the Duke Clinical Research Institute). I am one of the founding faculty of the Margolis Center for Health Policy, and currently serve as Chair of Duke's University Priorities Committee (UPC). My research focuses on improving care for persons who are dying, and I am co-PI of a CMMI award in Community Based Palliative Care. I teach both undergrads and grad students at Duke. On twitter @donaldhtaylorjr

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