30 September 2020

Repository on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

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This post is adapted from a National Academies press release:

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

The Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, a group of more than 60 colleges, universities, and research institutions working to prevent sexual harassment, has released a repository of information on their efforts, along with an annual report on the Action Collaborative’s activities.

The searchable repository includes descriptions of programs, policies, practices, and toolkits that institutions have developed to prevent and respond to harassment. The repository is intended to facilitate organizations’ sharing of information on actions taken, research on the effectiveness of those efforts, and potential innovative ideas. Examples of approaches included are bystander intervention training, confidential resources and support services for those who have experienced harassment, and programs to assess and improve institutional climate.

The group also released its annual report (downloadable from the Action Collaborative’s Resources page) detailing progress made toward its four main goals: raising awareness about sexual harassment, its consequences, and the approaches for addressing and preventing it; sharing and elevating evidence-based policies and strategies; contributing to a shared research agenda and applying the results of research; and developing a standard for measuring progress.

The Action Collaborative, facilitated by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, was established in 2019 to support academic and research institutions in implementing recommendations of the 2018 National Academies’ report Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.