More than 100 students at two colleges are asking the Department of Education to establish a national standard for how to respond to sexual harassment complaints.
The “Stop Harassment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STIS) Campaign is a collaborative effort among colleges and universities to combat harassment and violence against women in STEM.
We will work together to develop a comprehensive policy that is based on scientific evidence and reflects the diversity of the STEM workforce.”
A policy that has been developed to address harassment and sexual violence against all women in the STEM fields, including the STEM faculty and the broader workforce, will help foster a more inclusive and respectful work environment,” said the campaign’s website.
The initiative comes as the Trump administration and Congress are wrestling with an effort to revise the STEM education standards to remove language that defines sexual harassment as discrimination based on gender.
The new guidance would prohibit sexual harassment on the basis of gender or sex, but it would leave the door open to using language such as “sexual harassment” as a “legitimate reason for termination.””
The Department of Labor issued guidance last month calling for colleges to provide “faculty and staff training in a manner that reflects the nature of their work.””
We will continue to work with our partners at all levels to address the impact on women and other vulnerable groups.”
The Department of Labor issued guidance last month calling for colleges to provide “faculty and staff training in a manner that reflects the nature of their work.”
The American Association of University Women, an advocacy group, said the new guidance will not address sexual harassment at universities.
“This new guidance is a step backwards,” AAWW President Linda Sarsour said in a statement.
“The new language only reflects what the Obama administration has said and that the new guidelines will not require colleges to stop teaching students about sexual harassment.”
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