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NCJ Number: 186203 Find in a Library
Title: Matters of Civility on Campus (From Violence on Campus: Defining the Problems, Strategies for Action, P 69-85, 1998, Allan M. Hoffman, John H. Schuh, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-186198)
Author(s): John H. Schuh
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Aspen Publishers, Inc.
Fredrick, MD 21704
Sale Source: Aspen Publishers, Inc.
7201 McKinney Circle
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United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter identifies and discusses some of the issues that are related to the general topic of maintaining civility on the contemporary college campus.
Abstract: The first issue discussed in relation to civility on campus is the content of student publications. Examples are cited in which student publications have contained articles that are controversial, divisive, and bigoted. In some cases, the debate over such material foments campus unrest and possibly violence. Also, the openness and freedom of expression cultivated on college campuses leads to inviting controversial outside persons to speak on campus. This also has the potential for fomenting violence. Other factors that undermine civility on college campuses are hate speech among members of the campus community; access to and the use of electronic mail and the Internet to transmit hate messages; the institution's failure to prevent or respond appropriately to rapes and rape victims on campus; and fraternity rituals, including hazing. Whenever there is a high risk for controversy on college campuses, that controversy may escalate into violence among some students. 66 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Campus crime; Community conflict; Low intensity conflicts; Racial discrimination; Racially motivated violence; Student disorders; Violence causes
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