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Dartmouth College Agrees to a $14 Million Settlement of a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Dartmouth College Agrees to a $14 Million Settlement of a Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

The suit claimed that three male professors in the department of psychological and brain sciences “leered at, groped, sexted, intoxicated and even raped female students.”

University of Colorado Study Finds Sexual Harassment on the Decline But Gender Harassment on the Rise

University of Colorado Study Finds Sexual Harassment on the Decline But Gender Harassment on the Rise

The study found that since the onset of the #MeToo movement, women are experiencing less sexual harassment in the workplace. But the authors found that gender harassment is increasing as a backlash to anti-sexual harassment movements.

Most Academic Conferences in Biology Do Not Have Codes of Conduct Governing Sexual Harassment

Most Academic Conferences in Biology Do Not Have Codes of Conduct Governing Sexual Harassment

In examining nearly 200 conferences in the United States and Canada, researchers found that less than one quarter had developed a code of conduct for attendees. Of those conferences that did have a code of conduct, slightly more than half mentioned sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.

Georgia State Psychologists Identify Best Strategies for Bystander Intervention Against Sexual Misconduct

Georgia State Psychologists Identify Best Strategies for Bystander Intervention Against Sexual Misconduct

A new study by led by psychologists at Georgia State University in Atlanta finds that young men can successfully intervene in peer groups to prevent sexual violence against women if they appeal to a shared sense of morality.

University of Wyoming Will Create Four New Jobs Aimed at Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault

University of Wyoming Will Create Four New Jobs Aimed at Preventing and Responding to Sexual Assault

Three new positions will be staffed in 2020: a student-athlete well-being coordinator, a psychology graduate assistant for the trauma and sexual assault prevention laboratory, and a diversity specialist and investigator in the Equal Opportunity Report and Response office. In 2021, a sexual assault prevention educator position will be added.

Georgia Southern University Men Joining the Fight Against Sexual Violence on Campus

Georgia Southern University Men Joining the Fight Against Sexual Violence on Campus

The 17-member Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Champions Committee is charged with a mission to establish a sense of ownership of the issue and to provide sexual violence prevention tools as it pertains to their particular areas of influence.

For College Sexual Assault Perpetrators, It May Be Not How Much You Drink But Where You Drink

For College Sexual Assault Perpetrators, It May Be Not How Much You Drink But Where You Drink

The results of a study by researchers at Washington State University and the University at Buffalo show that college men’s presence at “drinking venues” such as frat houses or local bars was a better predictor of sexual aggression than binge-drinking behavior or propensity for casual sex.

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

Large Majority of Undergraduate Women Physics Students Subjected to Sexual Harassment

The authors of a new study on women undergraduates in physics programs refer to the level of sexual harassment faced by women in physics as “insidious and significantly higher than is generally acknowledged.” They believe this level of sexual harassment can have a major negative impact of women’s persistence in physics and other STEM fields.

Colleges and Universities Join With the National Academies to Combat Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Colleges and Universities Join With the National Academies to Combat Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

The initiative is designed to be an active space where colleges, universities, and research and training organizations can research and develop efforts that move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment.

Rutgers University Conference Explores Best Practices on Campus Sexual Assault Response and Prevention

Rutgers University Conference Explores Best Practices on Campus Sexual Assault Response and Prevention

Throughout the conference, scholars discussed various topics, such as how colleges and universities can partner with high schools to address these issues before college, providing and promoting needed services for campus survivors, and ensuring students’ rights are protected if they are accused of sexual violence.

Did Lehigh University Ignore Sexual Harassment Claims to Help Maintain a Racially Diverse Faculty?

Did Lehigh University Ignore Sexual Harassment Claims to Help Maintain a Racially Diverse Faculty?

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is facing a lawsuit after a faculty member claims the university retained a prominent Black professor, despite evidence that he had sexually harassed women colleagues.

Survey Finds That Women Economists Face Widespread Discrimination and Harassment

Survey Finds That Women Economists Face Widespread Discrimination and Harassment

Some 42 percent of women economists reported that they had experienced some form of sexual harassment. And 6 percent of women economists reported unwanted sexual advances by another economist.

University of Michigan Researchers Adapt Sexual Assault Program for Use at a University in Ghana

University of Michigan Researchers Adapt Sexual Assault Program for Use at a University in Ghana

The program was adapted from Relationship Remix, the sexual violence prevention program delivered to incoming freshman at the University of Michigan. The effort tailored the program to address specific issues facing students at the African university.

Clemson University Partners With Local Heath Network to Train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

Clemson University Partners With Local Heath Network to Train Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

The goal is to increase the number of trained sexual assault nurse examiners and the number of certified sexual assault nurse examiners at health care facilities in Greenville and surrounding counties. This will enable the organization to have 24-hour, seven-day-a-week coverage for patients.

Dartmouth College Launches Campus Climate and Culture Initiative

Dartmouth College Launches Campus Climate and Culture Initiative

This semester, Dartmouth College launched the Campus Climate and Culture Initiative, a comprehensive set of actions that aim to create a learning environment free from sexual harassment and abuse of power.

University of Central Florida Researchers Develop Forensic Tool to Assist in Sexual Assault Cases

University of Central Florida Researchers Develop Forensic Tool to Assist in Sexual Assault Cases

Candice Bridge, an assistant professor of chemistry, has spent the last two years building and testing a database of condom and lubriabts at the National Center for Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida. The goal is to fill in the gaps when DNA evidence is unavailable from a sexual assault crime scene

Dartmouth College Launches Mandatory Sexual Violence Prevention Course for Faculty and Staff

Dartmouth College Launches Mandatory Sexual Violence Prevention Course for Faculty and Staff

The new initiative comes on the heels of a recent lawsuit filed by seven women that claims that three male professors in the department of psychological and brain sciences “leered at, groped, sexted, intoxicated and even raped female students.”

Two Thirds of Women Who File Sexual Harassment Claims Face Retaliation From Their Employers

Two Thirds of Women Who File Sexual Harassment Claims Face Retaliation From Their Employers

A new study by scholars at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, examined more than 46,000 complaints filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or fair employment practices agencies at the state level between 2012 and 2016. Some 68 percent of all employees who filed sexual harassment complaints reported some form of retaliation from their employers.

Dartmouth College Promises a Concerted Efforts to Address Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Dartmouth College Promises a Concerted Efforts to Address Sexual Misconduct on Campus

Seven women filed a lawsuit against Dartmouth College alleging that they had victims of sexual assault, discrimination and harassment by three professors. The suit claims that three male professors in the department of psychological and brain sciences ““leered at, groped, sexted, intoxicated and even raped female students.”

Princeton University President Issues Plan to Review the School's Policies on Sexual Misconduct by Faculty

Princeton University President Issues Plan to Review the School’s Policies on Sexual Misconduct by Faculty

President of Princeton University Christopher L. Eisgruber stated that the university will “make changes that will improve our rules, procedures, and practices, and that ensure that we create a safe, respectful and equitable learning environment for everyone on this campus.”

Harvard University Launches Initiatives to Prevent and Respond to Instances of Sexual Harassment on Campus

Harvard University Launches Initiatives to Prevent and Respond to Instances of Sexual Harassment on Campus

These new initiatives include creating student, faculty, and staff liaison committees to educate their peers about Title IX policies and resources, hiring an education manager to expand the university’s training efforts, developing a new mandatory online training program for faculty staff, and launching a bystander intervention training program.

Sexual Assault Survey Will Be Conducted This Spring at 33 Major Universities

Sexual Assault Survey Will Be Conducted This Spring at 33 Major Universities

The Association of American Universities is planning a survey that will gather information this spring on sexual assault and misconduct at 33 major research universities. The association estimates that 870,000 graduate, undergraduate, and professional students will complete the survey.

Vanderbilt Leaders Collaborate to Address Key Issues Facing Women Staff

Vanderbilt Leaders Collaborate to Address Key Issues Facing Women Staff

Administrative leaders at Vanderbilt University have partnered together to establish a collaborative approach to study and address key issues facing women on the university’s staff.

Michigan State University Upgrades Its Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

Michigan State University Upgrades Its Services for Victims of Sexual Assault

The Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program (SAP) added a web-based Crisis Chat service. It can be accessed through the SAP website where volunteers who have been trained to support and direct survivors to helpful resources will be available for live chat seven days a week.

U.S. Justice Department Allocates $18 Million to Fight Sexual Assault on College Campuses

U.S. Justice Department Allocates $18 Million to Fight Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) announced 57 grants totaling over $18 million to help campuses respond to the crimes of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.

Can Video Games Be Used to Educate College Students About Sexual Violence?

Can Video Games Be Used to Educate College Students About Sexual Violence?

The study, led by a sociologist at the University of New Hampshire, found that trivia and adventure games may increase a player’s awareness of sexual violence as well as teach active bystander skills that he or she can use in real-life situations.

The National Academies Urge Academia to Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment

The National Academies Urge Academia to Take a Stand Against Sexual Harassment

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has issued a new report that notes that 58 percent of women faculty and staff in academia (all disciplines, not limited to science, engineering, and medicine) have experienced sexual harassment.

Do Sexual Assault Prevention Programs on College Campuses Actually Work?

Do Sexual Assault Prevention Programs on College Campuses Actually Work?

A new study by researchers at the University of California finds that sexual assault prevention training programs aimed at men who are a high risk of committing sexual assault, may not be working and may in fact have a “boomerang effect” that increases the odds that they will be an offender.

How College Football Games Impact Sexual Assault on College and University Campuses

How College Football Games Impact Sexual Assault on College and University Campuses

The data showed that when a college or university’s football team played at home, incidents of sexual assault increased by 41 percent. Even when a college or university played on the road reports of sexual assault on the home campus of the football team playing on the road increased by 15 percent.

The University of Iowa Removes Name of Stephen Wynn From its Institute for Vision Research

The University of Iowa Removes Name of Stephen Wynn From its Institute for Vision Research

Stephen Wynn, who built a vast empire of casino properties in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, has been accused of sexual misconduct by several former employees over the course of many years. In 2013, Wynn made a $25 million pledge to the university for research to cure hereditary blindness.

Study Finds That Nearly One Third of College Women With Disabilities Are Victims of Sexual Assault

Study Finds That Nearly One Third of College Women With Disabilities Are Victims of Sexual Assault

According to the report from the National Council on Disability, 31.6 percent of undergraduate females with disabilities reported nonconsensual sexual contact involving physical force or incapacitation. The authors state that “students with disabilities remain on the periphery and are not addressed regarding sexual assault prevention, outreach, and services.”

Penn Study Finds That Vast Majority of Intimate Partner Violence Incidents Involve Unmarried Couples

Penn Study Finds That Vast Majority of Intimate Partner Violence Incidents Involve Unmarried Couples

A new study led by Susan B. Sorenson, a professor of social policy and the director of the Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, found that more than 80 percent of intimate partner violence incidents occur between boyfriends and girlfriends. Only 15 percent of the incidents involved married couples.

A Shocking Report on Sexual Assault at Tulane University in New Orleans

A Shocking Report on Sexual Assault at Tulane University in New Orleans

More than 40 percent of undergraduate women students at Tulane University who responded to the survey reported that they had been victims of sexual assault since coming to campus. Some 24 percent of undergraduate women respondents reported that they had been raped.

Utah State University Gets Serious About Sexual Assault Awareness Training

Utah State University Gets Serious About Sexual Assault Awareness Training

Utah State University now requires all incoming students to take an online sexual assault awareness course. Those who do not complete the training during their first semester are not allowed to enroll in classes for their second semester.

University of Hawai'i Releases Results of its Comprehensive Sexual Harassment Survey

University of Hawai’i Releases Results of its Comprehensive Sexual Harassment Survey

The results of the survey showed that 85.3 percent of all respondents said that they felt the likelihood of them experiencing sexual harassment was little or not at all. But 19 percent of students who were in a serious relationship with a partner reported that they had been a victim of domestic violence.