TEANECK, NJ (March 18, 2015) — Fairleigh Dickinson University, in collaboration with the University of Arizona and other institutions of higher education, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to study campus sexual assault.
Psychology professor Robert Prentky, at FDU’s Metropolitan Campus, was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART) in the DOJ.
Christopher A. Capuano, university provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, says, “Fairleigh Dickinson University is honored to have Professor Robert Prentky, a nationally recognized researcher and scholar in forensic psychology, on its faculty and to be playing a leading role on such an important study with the University of Arizona, UCLA and other institutions of higher education across the country.”
This three-year grant — an extension of the federal government’s efforts against sexual violence — brings together experts from across the country to work on the Campus Sexual Assault Perpetrator Treatment Pilot Project. It is aimed at offering sentencing options for students found responsible for sexual misconduct, including a treatment and intervention module.
“What we really want is a module that standardizes the process for evaluating the primary risk factors in those found responsible for sexual misconduct and provide therapeutic modules designed to address those factors,” Prentky says. “Presently, colleges all over the country are employing different procedures with different sanctioning options. We want to create a process for responding to students who have been found responsible of sexual misconduct that can be uniformly and systematically implemented at schools around the country.”
Through this project, Prentky and his colleagues hope to contribute to the overarching goal of reducing sexual assaults on college campuses.
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