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Sexual harrassment is any unwanted sexual attention
directed towards a person. It includes verbal
comments, jokes, as well as physical contact. AND
IT IS ILLEGAL.
Sexual harassment often occurs in relationships
where one party has more power than the other.
These types of relationships are common in an
university setting. They can include relationships between student-faculty, untenured
faculty-tenured faculty and/or staff-administrative boss or faculty supervisor.
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NOW at the University of Houston believes it is
an increasing problem on our campus. We are
going to place an ad in the Daily Cougar requesting people experiencing this problem to contact
NOW. NOW can offer both support and information.
It is important to document occurrences even if
the person feels it is not in their best interest
to risk going through the official grievance
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In the 1981 National NOW Conference, the body passed the
following resolution. It is
the official NOW policy.
Sexual Harassment In
WHEREAS sexual harassment of
female students, faculty, and administration staff is a widespread
and continuing problem In academic institutions, and
WHEREAS such practices have
been shown to effectively limit
women's participation and achievement in the educational process,
WHEREAS NOW is committed to
helping women to achieve access
and opportunity in all areas of
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED
that the National Organization for
Women condemns sexual harassment in education as it does wherever it occurs and pledges its support toward the identification and
eradication of such practices, and
further urges NOW LDEF to become
a leading resource on the problem
of sexual harassment.
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The following is the official University of Houston policy
concerning sexual harassment. We clipped it from the
Student Life Policies Handbook (1981).
Sexual Harassment, like harassment on the basis of color, race, religion or national origin, is a
violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
All employees and students of the University of Houston Central Campus are expected to refrain
from any act which would constitute sexual harassment.
Any student who feels he/she has been subjected to sexual harassment should file a complaint
with the Equal Opportunity Officer. The Equal Opportuniy Officer is required to take prompt and
appropriate action when he/she learns of an alleged instance of sexual harassment.
Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and
other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to such conduct is made
either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's course/work evaluation, (2) submission to
or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for evaluative decisions affecting
the student's standing, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering
with an individual's academic performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive learning
Any student subjected to sexual harassment should file a complaint by contacting the University
Equal Opportunity Officer.
How to combat sex harassment
by Dede Graff
Sexual harassment in the workplace for women is
common. National studies show that more than half of
the women surveyed faced instances ' of sexual
harassment on the job. A*recent study of women who
work for Dane County found about a third had been
sexually harassed on the job.
What is sexual harassment? It is sex discrimination
(covered under Title VII of* the Civil Rights Act,
federal contractors affirmative action regulations and
the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's.
guidelines). Sexual harassment is any uninvited and
unwanted sexually directed behavior of one person
toward another in the workplace. Sexual harassment
can be verbal abuse, ogling, demands for sexual
favors, assault, patting and pinching a woman's body
or rape. However, rape and physical assault are
What can you do when faced with sexual
harassment? When feasible, instances of sexual
harassment can be resolved internally, avoiding
resignations or expensive and time consuming outside
complaint procedures and litigation for you.
•Keep a diary and wrinen record of all your actions
to resolve the matter. in%case you need to pursue a
complaint or litigation in the future. Women litigants
have been awarded more than S9 million in sexual
harassment suits, according to the U.S. Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
�����������Determine and document all.the facts surrounding
the instance of sexual harassment (what, when, where.
who, witnesses, etc.).-
•Know your legal rights. Your local, state or federal
equal opportunity commission can help you with this
or consult an attorney.
•Deal with the harasser in an assertive way by
identifying the offensive behavior and ask that it stop.
•If the offensive behavior continues, report this to
your supervisor, orally and in writing.
•Talk to your employer to find out what policies
and procedures, if any, exist in the firm regarding
sexual harassment. You, along with other women
workers and women's employment avocates or
consultants, can be instrumental in developing such
procedures for your workplace. Organize!
•Find out what assistance your union will provide,
•Most important, make sure you have a family,
friends and/or co-workers to support you throughout
The CAREER CORNER is a regular column of this
newspaper which responds to reader inquiries about
careers and employmenr issues. If you have career
questions, please Write Ttw Feminist Connection, in
c/o this newspaper.*
Andrea (Dede) Graff is an affirmative action, career
development and human resource consultant/trainer. She is the founder and former director of Skilled
Jobs For Women, Inc. Special thanks goes to Donna
Leonard for her help with this column.