Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says

NY Times: "How Universities Deal With Sexual Harassment Needs Sweeping Change, Panel Says" And not just universities. There's too much lip service and not enough muscle. Incidents are broken into their smallest component parts and each examined minutely and everything turns out to be unsubstantiated because nothing bad happens in any one frame of the video. This is why lawsuits are necessary, because people are not very good at policing themselves. Too much time and effort and heart are wasted on softball internal processes. Of course, this is all SCOTUS's fault, with its emphasis on the corporate internalization of law such as the Farragher-Ellerth doctrine, but I'll leave those weeds for another day. "The panel said universities and other institutions have been too focused on 'symbolic compliance with current law and avoiding liability and not on preventing sexual harassment.' Fear of being held liable may have kept many institutions from even evaluating their prevention programs, the report asserted; if they did, 'they would likely find them to be ineffective.' 'We really have to move beyond a mind-set of legal compliance and liability and think about the ways we can change the climate,' said Dr. Paula A. Johnson, the president of Wellesley College and a co-chairwoman of the committee that produced the report, in an interview."
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