Mis-handling harassment complaints

A very interesting piece can be found in the Chronicle on how Harvard mishandled a sexual harassment complaint and the impact it has had on other women. Is Harvard’s failure to handle it properly the reason for other women choosing to not report inappropriate behaviour? That is the driving question for the piece. The answer is obvious: of course!

Issues around reporting abound but an institution’s inability or unwillingness to deal with complaints swiftly and appropriately, including consequences for perpetrators that amount to more than “a slap on the wrist,” are more than enough to discourage victims from engaging in torturous reporting processes.

The Caucus, jointly with the Office of Human Rights, will be hosting an event on harassment policies at Brock and broader issues on reporting in April. Stay tuned for detailed information on this event.

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