Workshop: Improving Our Work Climate: Responding to Sexual Harassment
Boston University, Department of Earth and Environment, May 7, 2018Facilitators: Meredith Hastings and David Mogk
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 Powerpoint slides presented during workshop. (Acrobat (PDF) 25.7MB May11 18)
Download Handout 1 - Overview, Resources, Discussion Questions (Acrobat (PDF) 65kB Mar8 18)
Download Handout 2 - Case Study Scenarios, Bystander Intervention Ds (Acrobat (PDF) 53kB May11 18)Download Handout 3 - Notes from discussion and Follow Up Resources (Acrobat (PDF) 65kB May14 18)
- Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault--Clancy KBH, Nelson RG, Rutherford JN, Hinde K (2014) Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault. PLoS ONE 9(7): e102172. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0102172
- Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: A Call to Geoscience Faculty and Researchers to Respond (Acrobat (PDF) 65kB Feb19 18)--K. St. John, E. Riggs, D. Mogk, 2016, Journal of Geoscience Education, vol 64, p 255-257.
- Gender differences in recommendation letters --K. Dutt, D.L. Pfaff, A.F. Bernstein, J.S. Dillard, C.J. Block (2016), Gender differences in recommendation letters for postdoctoral fellowship in geosciences, Nature Geoscience, v9, 805-808, doi:10.1038/ngeo2819.
Society, Department, Field Codes of Conduct Examples:
- American Geophysical Union ( This site may be offline. ) Revised in 2017 to define harassment, bullying and discrimination as research misconduct. Press
- UT Austin Guidelines for Faculty, Research Scientists, Students and Staff
- Project Directors Handbook from Keck Geology Consortium: https://keckgeology.org/wp-content/uploads/Project-Director_Faculty-HB-2015.pdf for participating in field experiences, including sections on Sexual Assault and Harassment and Non-Fraternization policy (and alcohol and drug abuse policies).
- 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.
Citations from Slides:
- Report on AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct
- 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