Title

Title IX: Help or Hindrance?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-22-2019

Publication Title

Journal of Women, Politics & Policy

Volume

40

Issue

1

First page number:

204

Last page number:

227

Abstract

The goal of this article is to provide a practical guidance for anyone who has experienced sexual harassment or assault in academia and is considering the possibility of pursuing disciplinary measures by means of filing a Title IX complaint. Sexual harassment is an abuse of power by those who possess it against those who do not; the Title IX process does not remedy this power imbalance. And, academic institutions often have interests that compete with the welfare of their students, and which may enable harassers. We address some of the risks that the Title IX process may create for those who are already vulnerable, and suggest that some of the responsibility for enacting reforms should be taken up by professional associations. Because they often control professional journals and conferences, they could be effective advocates for a more fair and equitable educational environment if they choose to take a more active role in discouraging misconduct in their disciplines.

Keywords

Sexual harassment; Title IX; #MeToo; Gender discrimination; Women and academia

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Gender Equity in Education | Political Science

Language

English

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