ERIC Number: ED300738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-28
Influences on Proposed Punishment for Sexual Harassment.
Allen, Mary J.; And Others
Because sexual harassment by faculty can deter college women from entering male-dominated fields, college administrators face the serious task of determining effective policies to deal with such harassment. This study was conducted to examine students' ratings of appropriate punishment for male professors who harass female students. The effects of gender and behavior on suggested punishment for sexual harassment of female students by male faculty members were examined for a wide range of behaviors. Male (N=96) and female (N=106) college students completed a questionnaire which briefly described 25 situations which might occur between a male professor and one of his current female students, both within and outside the classroom. All nine recognized categories of sexual harassment and six innocuous items of appropriate student-instructor interactions were included. Subjects rated the appropriate discipline for sexual harassment for each item with punishment ratings on a seven-point scale ranging from no punishment to filing criminal charges. A two-way analysis of variance revealed significant main effects and an interaction, with each p < .005. Pair-wise post hoc comparisons allowed for the isolation of clusters of acts deserving similar punishments and revealed significant sex differences on 13 of the 20 harassing behaviors, especially among items describing more moderate levels of harassment. Male students were significantly less punitive overall than were female students. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (68th, Burlingame, CA, April 28-May 1, 1988). For related document, CG 021 233.