Link to the University of Pittsburgh Homepage
Link to the University Library System Homepage Link to the Contact Us Form

Educating College Students Through Judicial Response: Examining the Effectiveness of Judicial Sanctions for Alcohol-Related Violations

Asher, Karin (2008) Educating College Students Through Judicial Response: Examining the Effectiveness of Judicial Sanctions for Alcohol-Related Violations. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

Primary Text

Download (510kB) | Preview


This study determined the recidivism rates associated with six educational sanctions assigned after undergraduate students were found responsible for a violation of a residence hall alcohol policy at a large urban research institution. The educational sanctions selected for the study included: Personal Education, Assistance, and Referral program or PEAR (a series of four group sessions including components of alcohol education and motivational intervention); PEAR II (a series of follow-up motivational interviews for repeat violators); Community Service; Reflection Paper; (an online alcohol education course); and Counseling Center Referral.The study also assessed student perceptions of their assigned sanction(s) with respect to the degree of new information learned and impact on future behavior related to alcohol. An educational approach to judicial affairs in higher education, set forth by the Association for Student Judicial Affairs, provided the framework for the study. From a research sample of 483 student alcohol policy violators, an analysis of student judicial data was performed to determine the overall recidivism rate and individual sanction rates for the 2006-2007 academic year. Students with policy violations during the spring 2007 semester were invited to participate in the researcher-designed Educational Sanction Survey to measure perceptions of new information learned and predicted impact on future behavior. A response rate of 58% (n=112) was achieved for the survey.Analysis of recidivism data revealed an overall repeat violation rate of 5.5% over the course of the 2006-2007 academic year, with the Counseling Referral sanction displaying the highest repeat violation rate at 16.7% and PEAR II displaying the lowest at 0%. Chi Square analyses showed that students assigned to complete PEAR and the Counseling Referral reported the highest degrees of new information learned, while the Reflection Paper students indicated the greatest perceived impact on their future behavior.The results supported the continued use of PEAR, the Reflection Paper, and Community Service for first-time violators, and suggested that additional research should be conducted to determine the effectiveness of The results of this study indicate that the majority of sanctions studied at this institution have an educational impact on the students assigned to complete them.


Social Networking:
Share |


Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Asher, Karinkmp15@pitt.eduKMP15
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairNelson, Glenngmnelson@pitt.eduGMNELSON
Committee MemberTrovato, Charlenetrovato@pitt.eduTROVATO
Committee MemberBrooks, Shawnsbrooks@pitt.eduSBROOKS
Committee MemberZullo, Thomaszullo@pitt.eduZULLO
Date: 27 June 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 24 March 2008
Approval Date: 27 June 2008
Submission Date: 21 April 2008
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: alcohol violations; educational sanctions; judicial affairs; recidivism
Other ID:, etd-04212008-223435
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:40
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


Monthly Views for the past 3 years

Plum Analytics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item