The Lecherous Professor: Sexual Harassment on Campus

By Billie Wright Dziech; Linda Weiner | Go to book overview

2: Inside the Ivy Walls
A SEPARATE REALITY

No, he inwardly shouted to himself: Keogh, keep out of this, or they will get you. The chapel clock struck one. Within twenty hours he perceived, they had succeeded in leading him up the garden path into one of their academic mazes, where a man could wander for eternity, meeting himself in mirrors. No, he repeated Possibly they were all very nice, high-minded, scrupulous people with only an occupational tendency toward backbiting and a nervous habit of self-correction, always emending, penciling, erasing; but he did not care to catch the bug which seemed to be endemic in these ivied haunts.

Mary McCarthy, The Groves of Academe

Sexual harassment of women students can be understood only by examining the organization and traditions of the college campus. Higher education is a peculiar institution. At the same time traditional and avant garde, moralistic and libertarian, rigid and flexible, it is neither as highly organized nor as clear in its priorities as the public and the campus assume. Sexual harassment is affected by an environmental context that parents and students, as well as faculty and administrators, need to understand.

The organizational character of the campus has been analyzed by several social scientists. In Leadership and Ambiguity, Michael Cohen and James March characterized academic organizations as

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • 1 - Sexual Harassment on Campus 9
  • 2 - Inside the Ivy Walls 39
  • 3 - Contemporary College Women 59
  • 4 - Voices of Women 89
  • 5 - The Lecherous Professor 115
  • 6 - Women Faculty 147
  • 7 - The Future of Academe 163
  • Appendices 187
  • Notes 202
  • Selected Bibliography 210
  • Index 215
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