A number of high-profile incidents and movements have driven universities and academic organisations to reconsider what they can do to eliminate sexual harassment. We consider some of these cases and responses and ask: Do sexual harassment policies do enough to protect victims? Should it be a university’s responsibility to investigate and sanction those against whom allegations are made? What other initiatives are helping to reduce sexual harassment in universities?
This session will include discussion of sexual harassment and organisational policies relating to sexual harassment. If you are affected by these issues, and wish to seek support, the BBC provides links to organisations that can help here.
Sexual harassment is a sensitive subject that may have profoundly affected some of your participants. To make sure this conversation is safe for all:
You might want to start this week by linking to your own university’s sexual harassment policy or articles about your university’s experience with sexual harassment.
Remember to avoid anecdotes or descriptions of sexual harassment events, as these can be triggering for some participants.