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ERIC Number: EJ832339
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-20
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Notoriety Yields Tragedy in Iowa Sexual-Harassment Cases
Wilson, Robin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n24 pA1 Feb 2009
Sexual harassment broke into the national consciousness in 1991, when Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas--then a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court--of having made sexually inappropriate comments to her. The controversy spawned a flood of charges nationwide, including on college campuses. Since then colleges have tried to stem harassment with awareness programs and have created procedures to handle complaints. At the University of Iowa, students have filed 11 sexual-harassment complaints against eight professors over the last five years. Iowa isn't the only university that has struggled to handle this issue. In general, some students say institutions have failed to take their charges of sexual harassment seriously enough, while faculty members have complained that universities have not always offered them a fair hearing. Colleagues of two professors at the University of Iowa who committed suicide after being accused of sexual harassment question the university's handling of the cases.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iowa