Title IX, Sexual Harassment, and Academic Freedom: What No One Seems to Understand

By Richard Hanley

Abstract :

Universities and colleges all over the United States are currently revising and implementing policies concerning sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, under the generally expressed concern to comply with Title IX requirements. But there is a very basic problem of equivocation. Both “sexual harassment” and “sexual misconduct” are used in very different ways in different contexts, often by the same entity. The result is a mess in which members of campus communities cannot be sure of their obligations or protections, and which presents a serious threat to academic freedom.

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