ERIC Number: ED427407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Title IX and Sexual Harassment. 25 Years of Title IX. WEEA Digest.
Smith, Susan J.
This digest provides an analysis of sexual harassment in the context of Title IX issues. It features five articles, all of which examine a different component of Title IX concerns. It reports on a 1993 national survey that found that sexual harassment remains a significant problem, affecting both males and females. Two-thirds of all students surveyed reported being the targets of sexual comments, jokes, gestures, or looks. Recent court decisions have helped clarify what constitutes sexual harassment, and guidelines for schools are offered, such as the statement that sexual harassment is more than a peck on the cheek. The text describes ways that schools should respond to sexual harassment, including the admonition that the punishment should fit the crime. Strategies for handling sexual harassment include keeping a diary if sexual harassment happens more than once. Some trends in litigation involving sexual harassment are detailed, including some Supreme Court decisions and the recent case in which schools must receive actual notice of harassment to be held liable. For schools to be in compliance with Title IX, they must hire a coordinator who investigates complaints and other concerns. (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. WEEA Equity Resource Center.