Gronert’s research focuses on sexual violence and sexual consent in higher education. Gronert investigates how Title IX has impacted universities and how they address sexual violence on campus. Gronert's findings explore how Title IX has transformed universities and reduced other forms of gender discrimination, such as integrating men’s-only schools or increasing funding for women’s sports. Gronert elaborates on how it has had less of an impact on sexual violence in higher education. Gronert continues to show that Even though universities now devote considerable resources to prevent and respond to sexual violence, the incidence of sexual violence has not substantially changed. Gronert investigates how the politics of sexual violence has changed at one large, public university from 1972 through 2017, focusing on activism, policy changes, and legal changes.
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Argues that sociologists can contribute to public debate and analyze complex social change by studying campus sexual violence. Reviews recent changes in law, policies, and activism on sexual violence at universities.
Analyzes how students support or don't support university affirmative consent policies. Finds that students who don't have contact with university policymakers do not support such policies and also are hesitant to voice their lack of support.