We, however, are not prisoners . . . We have no reason to mistrust our world, for it is not against us. Has it terrors, they are our terrors; has it abysses, those abysses belong to us . . . and if only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must' always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.
Rainer Maria Rilke,
No one in higher education means for sexual harassment of students to exist. And no one approves of it. There is consensus on campus that sexual harassment is bad behavior and should be stopped. And What more appropriate place for reform to begin than the academic community.
The notoriety of Alexander v. Yale University in 1977 startled campus communities across the country into realizing that they needed to deal with the sexual harassment issue. In the wake of the decision, some individuals achieved visibility by making strong statements on their own campuses. A statement by President Edward J. Bloustein of Rutgers, for instance, was widely circulated as an example of administrative leadership (see Appendix). In 1979, when the American Council on Education held a series of national seminars on sexual harassment policy, the institutions with models available