ERIC Number: ED364133
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Sexual Harassment in Higher Education: From Conflict to Community. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report No. 2.
Riggs, Robert O.; And Others
Colleges and universities are expected to provide safe and appropriate learning and working environments, including freedom from sexual harassment. Unfortunately, the frequency of complaints on college and university campuses has increased. Sexual harassment is a form of sexual discrimination and is prohibited by federal laws. This behavior interferes with a student's or employee's performance by producing a hostile working or learning environment. It can manifest itself as gender harassment; unwanted seductive behavior; sexual bribery and coercion; and sexual assault, including attempted rape and rape. 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. These steps represent the best practices that institutions have developed after more than a decade of aggressive response to the problem. (Contains approximately 130 references and an index.) (GLR)
Descriptors: Colleges, Educational Environment, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Intervention, Sex Discrimination, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment, Universities
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Association for the Study of Higher Education.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Higher Education, Washington, DC.; George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Education and Human Development.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Civil Rights Act 1964 Title VII; Education Amendments 1972; Title IX Education Amendments 1972