The University Record, March 14, 1994

Are you a harasser?

Accused harassers are often surprised to learn how their behavior is perceived by others. The following tips may help you determine in advance how your behavior might be interpreted by others:

  • Review your attitudes and actions toward others. Examine how others respond to what you do and say. Is your behavior gender-neutral and bias-free?

  • Do not assume that your colleagues, peers, employees or students enjoy sexually-oriented comments, comments about their appearance, or being touched or stared at.

  • Consider the impact you have on others’ attitudes toward their work, education and self-esteem.

  • Be aware of others’ feelings and responses to sexual harassment. Could your behavior cause others to experience the vulnerability, powerlessness and anger described by victims of sexual harassment?

  • Do not assume that others will tell you if they are offended—or harassed—by what you say or do.

  • Imagine yourself a victim of unwelcome sexual attention by someone who has control over your career or livelihood.