Publication Date

Spring 2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

This study was conducted to examine the effectiveness of conduct interventions to deter recidivism among college students. Colleges and universities have adopted student codes of conduct in an attempt to manage the college environment. A 12-item conduct effectiveness survey was emailed to students who had been found responsible of breaking the student code of conduct. Findings showed a 19% recidivism rate and that students who engaged in community service, attended a civility workshop, or lost residence hall privileges were less likely to violate the code a second time. Twenty-two percent of students reported an attitude change regarding alcohol and drug use post intervention and students who were mandated to individual counseling were more likely to report an attitude change. A one size fits all approach to alcohol polices, prevention programs, and intervention strategies may not be an effective way to address problematic drinking on college campuses.

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