Workshop: Strategies for Responding to Harassment

UW-Madison Departments of Sociology and Community and Environmental Sociology, March 7, 2018

Facilitator: Erika Marín-Spiotta, PhD and ADVANCEGeo Team

This interactive session will describe academic practices and institutional structures that allow for sexual harassment and other hostile behaviors to persist, discuss initiatives to address harassment as research misconduct, and provide training in personal intervention strategies to protect and support targets of harassment. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify: (1) different ways in which sexual harassment can manifest in research environments; (2) strategies for bystander intervention, and (3) resources to share with their home departments for cultural change.

Download Handout 1 provided during workshop. (Acrobat (PDF) 65kB Mar8 18)

Download Evaluation Form (Acrobat (PDF) 78kB Mar8 18)

Society Codes of Conduct:

American Geophysical Union ( This site may be offline. ) Revised in 2017 to define harassment, bullying and discrimination as research misconduct. Press

American Sociological Association Proposed revisions in 2017 for consideration by membership in 2018.

Citations from Slides:

Report on AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct

University of Wisconsin- Madison Sexual Assault Climate Survey

Kelley, M.L. and B. Parsons. 2000. Sexual Harassment in the 1990s: A University-Wide Survey of Female Faculty, Administrators, Staff, and Students. The Journal of Higher Education 71: 548-568.

University of Chicago Diversity and Inclusion Campus Climate Survey (2016)

University of Massachusetts Campus Climate Survey- Academic Affairs ( This site may be offline. )

Clancy et al. 2017. Double jeopardy in astronomy and planetary science: Women of color face greater risks of gendered and racial harassment. JGR Planets 122: 1610-1623.

Gibney, E. Excluded, intimidated and harassed: LGBT physicists face discrimination. Nature. 22 March 2016.

CU Boulder sociology grad students dissatisfied with department culture, surveys show

One spreadsheet reveals the horrifying ubiquity of sexual harassment in academia

Fitzgerald et al. 1988. The incidence and dimensions of sexual harassment in academia and the workplace. ( This site may be offline. ) Journal of Vocational Behavior 32: 152-175.

Headquarters Marine Corps EEO Office On-Line Training Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Cantalupo, N.C. and W.C. Kidder. 2018. A Systematic Look at a Serial Problem:Sexual Harassment of Students by University Faculty. Utah Law Review Forthcoming

Not a Fluke: That case of academic sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual misconduct, stalking, violations of dating policies, violations of campus pornography policies, and similar violation is not an isolated incident ( This site may be offline. ) by Julie Libarkin- Geocognition Research Laboratory Michigan State University

Study finds 75 percent of workplace harassment victims experienced retaliation when they spoke up

Potter, S.J. and M.M. Moynihan. 2011. Bringing in the Bystander in-person prevention program to a U.S. military installation: results from a pilot study. Military Medicine 176: 870-875

Moynihan et al. 2011. Sisterhood May Be Powerful for Reducing Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence: An Evaluation of the Bringing in the Bystander In-Person Program with Sorority Members. Violence Against Women 17: 703-719.

Coker et al. 2011. Evaluation of Green Dot: An Active Bystander Intervention to Reduce Sexual Violence on College Campuses. Violence Against Women 17: 777-796.

Hollaback! How to Respond to Harassment

How to stop the sexual harassment of women in science reboot the system by Z. Zevallos. January 29, 2016

Additional Resources:

Geoethics and Professionalism: The Responsible Conduct of Scientists
by David Mogk, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Montana State University

This website has resources on professionalism for scientists and researchers to guide behaviors and attitudes around interactions with colleagues in the work environment and with the public in serving a wide variety of societal needs. Please use this module as a guide for self-assessment of your classes, lab, department or program. The goal is to help identify instances of unprofessional conduct, to prevent these from becoming major issues, and to provide the support to encourage scientists to act to mitigate and resolve these issues.

American Geophysical Union anti-harassment resources

As part of its recent Safe AGU campaign, the American Geophysical Union has created a website with resources for scientific institutions and organization to promote a safe work environment and to ensure that program activities are free from discrimination, bias or harassment of any type.

ADVANCEGeo Resources Website

As part of a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, the ADVANCEGeo website will include resources for individuals and departments to improve work climate conditions to address sexual and other types of harassment on campus and in the field.