Ivy-covered walls do not keep out sexual harassment. It exists in virtually every academic environment, where hierarchical structures, the protection tenure offers (often older, male) professors, and the preponderance of young graduate assistants makes environments ripe for the power dynamic of sexual harassment.
Hunter college researchers Michele A. Paludi and Richard B. Barickman say sexual harassment is at “epidemic proportions in the academy and in the workplace.” They estimate that between 30% and 70% of women in American educational institutions report having experienced some form of sexual harassment; fully half of them report being sexually harassed by supervisors or fellow employees.
High-profile harassment cases involving such esteemed institutions as Yale, Columbia and the University of California have been a blemish on those colleges and universities. But smaller institutions, too, experience it.
In addition to violating state and federal laws, college sexual harassment violates the protections offered by Title IX, because it creates an unequal work and learning environment.
This training will provide actual case studies from universities and offer insights into how to create a more conducive learning and working environment.