Sexual Harassment in Higher Education from Conflict to Community. ERIC Digest.Report as inadecuate

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This brief report summarizes a longer document with the same title. The report discusses the problem of sexual harassment on college campuses and what intervention strategies academic institutions can take to help eliminate the problem. It notes that sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination prohibited by federal law, and examines what the definition of sexual harassment is as well as why it is illegal. Research shows that between 20 and 30 percent of undergraduate female students are victims of some form of sexual harassment by at least one of their professors during their undergraduate years. Additionally, 60 percent of presidents of large research and doctorate institutions believed sexual harassment to be a problem. The most important steps institutions can take to eliminate sexual harassment are to: (1) carefully draft definitions of sexual harassment, (2) provide accessible grievance procedures, and (3) provide education about the nature of this type of behavior to educate the campus community. (Contains 10 references.) (GLR)

Descriptors: Colleges, Early Intervention, Educational Environment, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Postsecondary Education, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Universities

ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Reports, The George Washington University, One Dupont Circle, Suite 630, Washington, DC 20036-1183 ($1, full report $18).

Author: Riggs, Robert O.; And Others


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