Employee-on-Student Sexual Harassment Claims in Higher Education

Risk Research Bulletin | May 2021 | 0 Comments  Average 5 out of 5

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Higher ed institutions are responsible for working to prevent and responding appropriately to employee sexual harassment of students. A United Educators (UE) study of claims received from 2005-14 found that half of alleged perpetrators in these claims had a teaching role. As s a result, our prevention recommendations focused on actions such as reviewing and if necesary revising consensual relationship policies, considering and addressing tenure considerations and academic freedom concerns, and closely reviewing training programs for both employees (especially faculty) and students. Effectively educating faculty typically requires support from officials like the president or provost and a format that appeals to them, such as in-person workshops using case studies that facilitate discussion and debate. Institutions must make sure students know exactly how to report sexually harassing behavior by faculty and other employees.


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