Master List of
New Directions Recommendations
Directions from the Field:
Rights and Services for the 21st Century
for the Education Community
The recommendations below, which
appear in the May 1998 New Directions Report, have been reformatted
for replication and distribution.
|Schools and universities today face serious
problems resulting from crime and victimization. For too many students, teachers, and administrators, school is no longer a safe haven. Daily threats to the safety of students and staff, including violent assaults, are commonplace in many communities. Academic institutions also must play an important role in providing educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels on victims' rights and services. Therefore, the
following recommendations for the education community are set forth by the field:
- Schools should establish comprehensive
programs to assist students, faculty, and staff who are victimized by
crime or who witness violence. These programs should be coordinated
closely with local crime victim assistance programs and law enforcement
- Schools should incorporate into
their core curricula age-appropriate education about the impact of victimization,
the availability of victim services, and victim rights information,
including basic information about the criminal and juvenile justice
- Crime prevention strategies
should be taught to students in every grade, beginning in preschool,
and schools should involve youth as peer educators about victimization
and crime prevention.
- Schools should implement procedures
to help identify missing and exploited children who may be enrolled
in their educational systems.
- Age-appropriate sexual assault
and dating violence awareness and prevention programs should be a required
component of school curricula. Schools should work with law enforcement
agencies and rape crisis centers to develop strategies for preventing
sexual violence and for assisting victims of such crimes.
- Colleges and universities should
establish comprehensive programs to assist students, faculty members,
and staff who are victimized by crime. These programs should be coordinated
closely with local crime victim assistance programs.
- Colleges and universities should
offer interdisciplinary credit courses on victim issues and rights in
departments that train professionals who interact with crime victims.
Victim issues also should be incorporated into professional licensing
- All college and university campuses
should adopt sexual assault and dating violence protocol that include
clear definitions of proscribed conduct. These policies should be disseminated
to all students, campus staff, and faculty. Campus staff and faculty
should be trained in procedures for responding to students who have
been sexually assaulted.
- All school districts, colleges,
and universities should design and implement a standardized system for
documenting, analyzing, and reporting crimes to law enforcement.
- Schools, colleges, and universities
should develop specialized education and training programs for faculty,
administrators, and staff on crime victim issues.
- Victims should have certain
rights in disciplinary hearings involving crimes in schools and on college
campuses. These rights should include the right to notice of the hearing,
the right to be accompanied to the hearing by a person of their choice,
the right to give a victim impact statement before a penalty is assessed,
and the right to be informed of the outcome of the hearing. In addition,
victims should be protected from irrelevant questions about their past
- School and college campuses
should develop crisis response protocols so that they are prepared to
respond to major incidents of violence.
- School and university libraries
should incorporate resources on victim rights, victim services, and
violence prevention into their collections and information displays.
|New Directions from the
Victims' Rights and Services for the 21st Century