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  • New Publication on Exploring Sanctions and Early Interventions for Faculty Sexual Harassment in Higher Education  Sexual harassment by faculty is a widespread problem in higher education, and research demonstrates that appropriate and effective institutional responses to the faculty members responsible and transparency in those responses are critical for building an organizational climate that is demonstrably intolerant of sexual harassment, works to prevent that behavior, and seeks to reduce experiences of institutional betrayal. In a new paper by members of the Response Working Group of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, the authors lay out the challenges and current landscape for how higher education deals with harassment by faculty members. They also draw attention to the need for research on available sanctions for faculty found responsible for sexual harassment or other early interventions for faculty accused of sexual harassment. The paper encourages institutions to continue the research agenda on the current challenges in higher education for responding to sexual harassment, with a focus on coordination, transparency, consistency, and correcting behavior through accountability. (October 2022)

  • Public Comment on Department of Education's Proposed Title IX Rules. In a letter to the Department of Education, members of the Leadership and Advisory Group for the Action Collaborative shared relevant information from the National Academies consensus report on Sexual Harassment of Women and from the activities of the Action Collaborative to inform revisions to the proposed Title IX rules. (August 2022)
  • Article: U.S. Proposes New Rules on Sexual Assault and DiscriminationThe proposed regulations will advance Title IX's goal of ensuring that no person experiences sex discrimination, sex-based harassment, or sexual violence in education.  The proposed rule also expands protections for LGBTQ students.  Additional information on the proposed rule, including a summary with background information and a fact sheet, is available here (June 2022)
  • Article: Evaluating Efforts to Address Campus Sexual Violence (CSV): Developing a Data Ecosystem. Many institutions depend on climate survey data for information about the status of CSV on their campus, but some scholars argue that connecting multiple data sources across campus can provide a more accurate, rich, and meaningful assessment of the issue. In this article, previous Summit speakers Drs. Sarah McMahon, Julia Cusano, and colleagues describe one multi-campus university’s experience with designing and implementing a “data ecosystem” and share lessons learned. (March 2022)
  • Article: From DARVO to Distress: College Women’s Contact with their Perpetrators after Sexual Assault. When college women experience sexual violence and report it, their perpetrator is infrequently expulsed and usually continues to attend school along with those harmed. In this study, Advisory Group member Dr. Jennifer Freyd and colleague find that college women who are victims of sexual violence have harmful experiences that extend beyond the discrete incident of assault; the authors encourage universities to consider the ongoing effects on mental, physical, and academic health. (March 2022)