Nearly two-thirds of college students experience sexual harassment at some point during their years in school, including nearly one-third of all first year students, according to the AAUW Educational Foundation's 2006 research report on college sexual harassment.
According to the same report, "sexual harassment is so common that, according to one student, 'it seems almost normal.' Eighty-nine percent say that sexual harassment occurs among students at their college, with 21 percent saying that peer harassment happens often."
Harassment can take many forms -- sexual, gender, racial, or disability-based -- and in a college environment. It can occur in any number of places: dorms, online, via computer networks, group-study sessions, offices, meetings, classrooms, and during social events.
Sexual Harassment in the workplace
Studies suggest anywhere between 40-70% of women and 10-20% of men have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. In Fiscal Year 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 12,510 charges of sexual harassment. 16.0% of those charges were filed by males. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission resolved 11,592 sexual harassment charges in FY 2007 and recovered $49.9 million in monetary benefits for charging parties and other aggrieved individuals (not including monetary benefits obtained through litigation).
Michigan Technological University is committed to sustaining a working and learning environment where students, faculty, and staff can develop intellectually, professionally, personally, and socially. This site is designed to introduce you to the legal and social aspects of sexual harassment. As you read these materials and work through the training modules, think about the ways that you, your department, organizations, and clubs can contribute to your college's professional environment and safety.
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