Identifying and Remedying Hostile Environments at Colleges and Universities

with Amanda Walsh

About This Course

This course is part of series entitled, Addressing Gender-Based Violence: Beyond Fundamentals.  This series of courses will allow you to take a deeper dive into specific methods for addressing gender-based violence on campus, complying with applicable laws, and moving beyond compliance to create and implement best practices that are not specifically addressed by legal documents.  Each course is designed to provide information, practical strategies, and empowering skills for you to use in designing policies, programs and systems, as well as addressing individual cases, of gender-based violence at your institution.

This course is presented in partnership with the Victim Rights Law Center.

This course is available on-demand in the NASPA Online Learning Community. You may begin the session at any time and proceed through the content at your own pace.

In this course, you will be introduced to the relevant legal clauses that assist in identifying and addressing hostile environments and walk-through a series of real-world examples to illustrate how hostile environments are created, factors to consider when a case is unclear, and good practices to consider to address and remedy a hostile environment, including such issues as providing services, supportive and protective measures, and educational accommodations for victims.

This course is structured in three parts:

  • What is a hostile environment and how do you identify it?
  • Remedying a hostile environment
  • Best practices from institutions who’ve experienced a hostile environment




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