Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Resource Manual

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Resource Manual

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Resource Manual

Academic and Workplace Sexual Harassment: A Resource Manual

Synopsis

This book represents the first comprehensive resource manual for understanding and preventing sexual harassment in the academic community and in the workplace.

Studies indicate that sexual harassment is at epidemic proportions in the academy and in the workplace: from 30% 70% of women in U.S. colleges and universities experience some form of sexual harassment (including sexual assaults) each year; a University of Massachusetts study reports 13% of undergraduate women were raped by acquaintances; and 50% of women in the workplace report serious sexual harassment from supervisors and fellow employees. This manual provides the results of research and of practical, effective experience in reducing the occurrence of sexual harassment, investigating complaints, and providing counseling and remedies for the victims. In addition, the authors have compiled bibliographies, audio-visual material, and pedagogical techniques for dealing with sexual harassment in the academy and in the workplace, as well as information and workshop techniques to facilitate training programs."

Excerpt

In 1982 the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York adopted a policy explicitly forbidding the "harassment of employees and students on the basis of sex." By that time Hunter College, CUNY had already responded to the serious problem of sexual harassment by establishing a special panel composed of faculty, staff, and students to educate the Hunter community about sexual harassment and to investigate complaints. Hunter's Panel on Sexual Harassment continues to serve as a unique volunteer organization composed of people who represent the diversity of our college community. Through their continuing research on the impact and extent of sexual harassment, their educational programs, and their investigation of formal and informal complaints, members of the Panel are the major force in fulfilling our responsibility to create a college atmosphere free of the abusive impact of sexual harassment.

Recently, the members of the Panel have gained national attention through the presentations they have delivered before national and international conferences and through their work as consultants for other campuses undertaking educational programs on sexual harassment or seeking to establish advisory or investigative panels. The authors of this resource manual have worked together as coordinators of Hunter's Panel. Professor Michele Paludi is a distinguished research psychologist who has published a number of works on sexual harassment, developmental psychology of women, and mentoring relationships as they effect women's career development. She directs the research collective on sexual harassment at Hunter. Professor Richard Barickman was one of the original group of faculty and staff who met in order to establish Hunter's Panel and has served as co-ordinator since 1985. He has written on sexual harassment and gender issues in literature. Together they have di-

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