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