ERIC Number: ED200097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Title VII Sexual Harassment Guidelines and Educational Employment [and] What Can Students Do About Sex Discrimination?
Howard, Susan; And Others
Guidelines concerning sexual harassment of employees at educational institutions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are considered. November 1980 final interpretive guidelines issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission state that Title VII prohibits sexual harassment of employees, that employers are responsible for the actions of their agents and supervisors, and that employers are responsible for the actions of all other employees if the employer knows or should have known about the sexual harassment. The guidelines, which are consistent with current case law, are advisory and courts take them into account. In order to comply with the guidelines, an employer should take all necessary steps to prevent sexual harassment such as: affirmatively raising the subject; expressing disapproval; developing appropriate sanctions; informing employees of their right to raise and how to raise the issue of harassment under Title VII; and developing methods to sensitize all concerned. The following topics are addressed: why the guidelines were issued, what constitutes sexual harassment, how to file a complaint, and whether sexual jokes, slurs, and insults directed at members of one sex are prohibited by the guidelines. The text of the guidelines, as reprinted from the "Federal Register," is included. Guidelines for students, based on a model developed at Utah State University, are also included in a separate attachment. Actions to be taken are listed in priority order, beginning with personal talk with the staff person, and concluding with filing a formal complaint. (SW)
Descriptors: Civil Rights, College Administration, Compliance (Legal), Federal Legislation, Females, Guidelines, Higher Education, Males, School Personnel, Sex Discrimination
Project on the Status and Education of Women, Association of American Colleges, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Association of American Colleges, Washington, DC. Project on the Status and Education of Women.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII