Sexual Harassment in the Academy

Ghent University – CEVI/ANSER GRIV

Sexual Harassment in the Academy: Thinking the Problem

Gent University – Tuesday 2nd May 2017

There has always been a sense that the academy has been no less a space for sexual harassment than any other organisations and institutions, even against the championing of inclusion and progressive gender politics. For the 21st Century University, sexual harassment constitutes a significant threat to reputation and liability to legal claims, as both legislation, law and culture promotes sexual equality. It also constitutes a threat to effective teaching and research, collegial relations and ethical relationships between academic staff, students and the administrative and service staff.  Even without these threats, there is an increasing awareness that simple codes of conduct, disciplinary regulations and progressive rhetoric’s do not address what is a complex social and cultural problem beyond the bounds of the institution.  What can be done is to review the institutional culture, processes, policies and practices with a view to changing culture and effecting change to the causes of harassment and discrimination before the symptoms of complaints, grievances and distress.

This one-day workshop seeks to outline the problem, look at some contemporary policy and practice responses and then explore some strategies for prevention and change.  It is intended as a guided forum for discussion, where the delivery team prompt the discussion rather than adopt an authoritative voice, and the participants in the workshop share their thoughts and understandings of the problem in a collegial space where rank and position are suspended. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

·         Understand the nature, scope and state of the problem

·         Have a grasp of the sort of policies and practices that respond to the problem

·         Have an understanding of the sorts of strategies for prevention and change that are available

Programme

 

 

Session

 

10.00

Introduction

 

10.15

Sexual Harassment in the Academy – The Nature, State and Scale of the Problem

Ines Keygnaert (ICRH)

11.30

Coffee

 

11.50

Policies and Practices: A Critical Review

Tom Claes (CEVI)

13.00

Lunch

 

13.45

Strategies for Prevention and Change

Paul Reynolds, Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy, Edge Hill University

15.00

Coffee

 

15.20

Chaired Discussion

 

16.15

Closing Remarks – Next Steps

 

16.30

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