Sexual Harassment on Campus, at Work and in STEM Research


Jennifer Powell (Editor)

Series: Safety and Risk in Society

BISAC: SOC026000

Sexual harassment is degrading and illegal. Studies show it has a negative effect on the ability of women to engage in research at the same level as men.

Sexual assault on college campuses is a critical concern for students, policy makers, college administrators, and parents of current and prospective students. Chapter 1 identifies the range and scope of policies and practices related to the investigation and adjudication of sexual assaults on college campuses in the U.S.

While many workers in the United States experience workplace sexual harassment—resulting in substantial costs to them and their employers—the extent of sexual harassment and the magnitude of its effects are not fully understood as discussed in Chapter 2.

Chapter 3 reviews federal science agency policies and procedures for addressing sexual harassment involving federally-funded STEM researchers and their trainees. The book will also explore lessons learned, enduring challenges, and future opportunities for preventing and mitigating the negative impact of sexual harassment in STEM studies and careers.

Chapter 4 is the full transcript of the “Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019.”

Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance. Chapter 5 examines some of the major changes established by the Title IX regulations, highlighting many of the most significant new requirements and noting where those obligations depart from prior ED guidance and the NPRM.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Responding to Sexual Assault on Campus: A National Assessment and Systematic Classification of the Scope and Challenges for Investigation and Adjudication
(Linda M. Williams, Ph.D., April Pattavina, Ph.D., Alison C. Cares, Ph.D., Nan D. Stein, Ed.D. – Office of Justice Programs)

Chapter 2. Workplace Sexual Harassment: Experts Suggest Expanding Data Collection to Improve Understanding of Prevalence and Costs
(United States Government Accountability Office)

Chapter 3. Combating Sexual Harassment in Science
(Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Chapter 4. Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019
(Committee on Science, Space, and Technology)

Chapter 5. New Title IX Sexual Harassment Regulations Overhaul Responsibilities for Schools
(Jared P. Cole)


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