UW System, along with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine , joins other institutions in Higher Education to prevent and address sexual harassment. The action collaborative works to provide a framework to:

• raise awareness about sexual harassment and how it occurs, the consequences of sexual harassment, and the organizational characteristics and recommended approaches that can prevent it;
• share and elevate evidence-based institutional policies and strategies to reduce and prevent sexual harassment;
• contribute to setting the research agenda, and gather and apply research results across institutions; and
• develop a standard for measuring progress toward reducing and preventing sexual harassment in higher education.



Callout for Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual harassment in Higher Education for the 2019 Public Summit

A National Convocation for Leaders in Academia on Preventing Sexual Harrassment

Sexual Harassment in higher education is pervasive, harmful, and costly. This has been emphasized by brave women recounting their experiences and by the findings in our recent report on the Sexual Harassment of Women. So let’s get to work developing and implementing approaches that can prevent and address sexual harassment. To learn about promising approaches and innovative ideas or to share ideas about how to prevent and address sexual harassment, join us for the First Annual Summit hosted by the National Academies’ Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. 

This Summit aims to identify and elevate promising practices for preventing sexual harassment in higher education. Through a combination of plenary sessions, panel discussions, and concurrent sessions, this day-and-a-half event will serve as an opportunity for members of the Action Collaborative and the broader higher education community to gather information, engage in a dialogue, and gain diverse perspectives on how to effectively prevent sexual harassment.


View videos and slides from the 2019 Action Collaborative Summit

Recognize Sexual Harassment

The image is of an iceberg to visualize and recognize the different types of sexual harassment Types of Sexual Harassment that are visible, those above the water level of the iceberg and those below the water, representing types often not seen or recognized as sexual harassment. One type sexual harassment is coercion, which is at the tip of the iceberg. For example, promising professional rewards in return for sexual favors or threatening professional consequences unless sexual demands are met. Another type of sexual harassment is unwanted sexual attention, such as sexual assault, rape, and unwanted groping or stroking.This type of sexual harassment is the base of the iceberg above the water. Public Awareness Gender Harassment is the portion of the iceberg that falls below the water. Examples include: relentless pressure for sex, unwanted sexual discussions, nude images posted at work, sexually humiliating acts, relentless pressure for dates, sexual insults, e.g.., “for a good time call…”, calling someone a whore, offensive sexual teasing, offensive remarks about bodies, sabotage of women’s equipment, sexist insults, e.g., women don’t belong in science, obscene gestures, gender slurs, e.g., “p**y”, vulgar name calling, e.g., “slut”, “bitch”, “c**t”, and insults to working mothers, e.g., “you can’t do this job with small kids at home”

Get Help

Resources if you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence or harassment but is not in immediate danger.

Sexual Misconduct, Employment References, and Hiring in Higher Education: Is it Time for the Duty or Care to Evolve?
By Neal Schlavensky
August 30, 2019

Wisconsin Law Review

UW System Commitment Letters

Commitments by UW Institutions to the Action Collaborative to develop new approaches to address and prevent sexual harassment  across higher education from a preventative orientation.



Information and resources to use at your institution.

The National Academies Videos

Videos from the Sexual Harassment Convocation, 2018

Help is available to survivors on college campuses, even if they choose to not report to law enforcement.

Students at UW System campuses have the right to report to law enforcement, and the right to decline to report to law enforcement.  Regardless of their choice to report to law enforcement, survivors can request changes from their campus to help keep them safe, such as changes to their working, living, academic, or transportation situations.  Campus Title IX Coordinators can provide information and assistance to survivors about their rights and options to report to campus, to law enforcement, and/or request supportive measures.

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