If You are Harassed
If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment, it is important that you take action. Ignoring harassment seldom makes it stop; in most cases, sexual harassment continues or becomes worse when it is tolerated. While removing yourself from the uncomfortable situation may seem to be a solution, it is probably not in your best interest or the interests of other potential victims around you.
What you can do:
- Do NOT blame yourself.
- Tell the harasser that the behavior is unwelcome and must stop. Any way of telling them to stop is acceptable, including directly telling him or her, calling, e-mailing or sending a memo.
- Tell someone; do not keep it to yourself. There are things that other people can do to help you.
- Document the incident. Write down dates, places, names of witnesses and what happened. Keep e-mails, text messages, instant messages, voice mails, and all history of the incidents.
- Report harassment to your advisor, Dean of Students, supervisor, director, or union representative.
- If your supervisor is the harasser, notify his/her supervisor.
- Contact the Institutional Equity Office at (906) 487-3310.