American Sociological Association

ASA Anti-Harassment Resources

ASA Anti-Harassment Resources
ASA Working Group on Harassment
Version August 1, 2018

SECTIONS

  1. Resources (Sociology, Nationwide, Federal Government)
  2. Resources for Campus Leaders (Training, Internal, External)
  3. Reports about Harassment at Academic Meetings
  4. Current Conversations
  5. Research on Sexual Harassment at Conferences and other Sociological Research

 

1.   RESOURCES

 

Sociology

Nationwide

Federal Government

 

2.   RESOURCES FOR CAMPUS LEADERS

The best prevention of harassment is to create a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment that promotes gender equity and does not tolerate harassment of any kind (NAS 2018).

See ASA Working Group on Harassment’s STOPPING HARASSMENT IN YOUR DEPARTMENT: A Resource for Department Chairs and watch a recording of their Department Affiliate webinar.

 

Training Programs

Conventional sexual harassment training programs have not been shown to prevent harassment (EEOC 2017; NAS 2018; Tinkler 2018).  Effective training programs focus on changing behavior rather than on changing beliefs, and communicate clear expectations for behavior and sanctions/consequences for failing to meet expectations.

  • Bystander intervention training helps participants develop skills to interrupt and intervene when inappropriate behavior occurs.
  • Implicit bias training helps us understand our own hidden schemata and biases.
  • Self-defense/assertiveness training for students and faculty helps people respond in real time, negotiate conflict, and set professional boundaries.
  • Diversity and inclusion training fosters inclusive, equitable, respectful, and productive workplaces that support people with different backgrounds.
  • Civility training focuses on appropriate workplace behaviors and emphasizes respect of individual differences.
  • Invite the university’s Title IX coordinator (and ombudsperson) to a faculty meeting so that faculty better understand the Title IX office’s responsibilities and constraints.

Campus Resources (That may exist)

  • Campus Safety/Office of Public Safety
  • Campus Violence Prevention Office
  • Title IX Office/Coordinator
  • Campus Counseling Center or Mental Health Services
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Office (EEO)
  • Human Resources Department
  • Office of the Ombudsperson
  • Office of the Dean of Students
  • Peer Support Services

External Resources for Campus Leaders

3.   REPORTS ABOUT HARASSMENT AT ACADEMIC MEETINGS

Other Reports about Harassment

 

4.   CURRENT CONVERSATIONS

5.   RESEARCH ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT CONFERENCES AND OTHER SOCIOLOGICAL RESOURCES
(Please let us know if you have any recent references you would like to include, preferably sociological work!)