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Committee seeks input on sexual harassment policies

An Ad Hoc Committee on Anti-Discrimination Policy has been created by University Senate and will hold a series of forums in November to consult with faculty, staff and students on the university’s policies on sexual harassment and discrimination.

The committee will focus on sections of the sexual harassment and discrimination policies that have not been reviewed for eight years or more. It is especially interested in getting feedback on the scope and user-friendliness of those policies. The committee will develop a list of issues and viable alternatives for Senate to consider.

For example, should Miami’s policies address only behaviors that are prohibited by sexual harassment and discrimination laws or should they cover more situations?

An example of such a situation not covered by sexual harassment laws would be "consensual" sexual relationships between faculty and students or between supervisors and persons they supervise. Should Miami policies address these relationships and if so, what should the policies say about them?

The committee is also interested in knowing how the policies can be constructed so that people will feel comfortable inquiring about behaviors or situations they are experiencing.

Individuals also are invited to provide feedback directly to committee members. They include Sheila Croucher, chair (political science) and Thomas Boyd (marketing), Barbara Heuberger (teacher education), Murray Leith (graduate student), Steve Ransom (student affairs), Ronald Scott (communication), Marty Stevens (communication, Middletown), David Walsh (management), Cheryl Young (continuing education) and Anne Zavarella (undergraduate).

The committee’s Web site, which i ncludes sections of the policies being reviewed and e-mail addresses for committee members, and will soon have a schedule for the forums, is at www.muohio.edu/universitysenate/adhoc.

Date Published: 10/28/1999
Volume: 19   Number: 14

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