Publication Date: June 15, 1997
Judith Brandenburg describes how schools can confront sexual harassment within their own communities and how they can become models that educate students to deal with sexual harassment in the larger social setting. In addition to explaining the theoretical, psychosocial understanding of sexual harassment, she gives schools and colleges the bases to comply with the law quickly and effectively while developing long-term plans of action.
The book covers all educational levels and gives special focus to sexual harassment occurring during off-campus activities and to the problem of peer harassment. It guides the reader through existing policies, procedures, and educational programs from around the country, and lists case studies based on the author’s actual experiences. Brandenburg presents a balanced view that is fair, reasoned, and sensitive to all individuals involved and the institution. Concluding this important work is an annotated guide to print and media tools for change and thorough answers to the 10 most frequently asked questions about sexual harassment and schools.
Contents: Defining the Problem and Its Scope • Legal Responsibilities of Educational Institutions • Origins of Sexual Harassment • Creating Policies and Grievance Procedures • Educating to Raise Awareness • Developing Educational Strategies
"This is a ‘must read’ not only for school personnel and policymakers, but also for students and parents. Simultaneously a sophisticated treatment of one of the most complex issues of our time and a down-to-earth ‘how-to’ manual, (this is) an indispensable aid to those responsible for addressing and preventing sexual harassment at all school levels."
—Myra H. Strober, Stanford University
"Having successfully navigated the difficult and sometimes turbulent waters of University administration, (Brandenburg) brings to this important and timely study significant real-life experience–making this an indispensable part of every administrator’s library."
—José A. Cabranes, U.S. Circuit Judge
"Meticulous in its attention to legal requirements, psychological and social dynamics, and the complexities of responses to this problem, the book excels in being both reasonable and practical. It is written from a consummate understanding of how academic institutions work, their overriding obligation to educate, and their intrinsic concern with fairness to all members of the community."
—Judith Walzer, Provost, New School for Social Research