The #metoo movement has sparked a national conversation about sexual harassment. We’ve seen soaring media coverage including high profile cases involving celebrities, government officials, CEOs, and other prominent figures. These issues abound in higher education, too. A National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Report found, in 2017 alone, the media covered more than 97 allegations of sexual harassment at institutions of higher education.
Recently, several high-profile cases spurred the University of Wisconsin System to revamp its policies about documenting sexual misconduct and how it conducts and responds to background checks in relation to sexual misconduct. The process involved a current state assessment, gathering input from stakeholders, developing an implementation plan, and rolling out innovative new policies. This presentation will cover background on sexual harassment, an overview of the policy process, and lessons learned over the course of the project. Time permitting, there will also be Q&A at the end.