Assessing Response Structures of Sexual Harassment Claims

Topics: Sexual Health and Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Student Affairs

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Summary

Almost two years after the “Dear Colleague” letter, institutions seek to assess sexual harassment response structures and ensure compliance with state and national statutes. This report examines sexual harassment claims rates at institutions and how institutions respond to increases in claims across campus populations. This report also details formal and informal claims resolution processes and how institutions measure and communicate student behavioral expectations.

Research Questions

  • How do administrators assess the effectiveness of sexual harassment response structures?
  • Do other institutions employ specific administrators to respond to sexual harassment claims from students?
  • How do administrators communicate behavioral expectations to students?