Sexual Harassment Initiative

We know from the literature that sexual harassment is a persistent and pervasive problem in academic medicine and science (Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - National Academies 2018). Duke University President Vincent Price has prioritized addressing harassment at Duke and named School of Medicine Vice Dean for Faculty Ann Brown and Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement Abbas Benmamoun as faculty leaders tasked with developing institutional resources and processes to combat this problem. 

There are many partners in this work, including the School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Duke Office for Institutional Equity, the Provost's Office for Faculty Advancement, and others. This site is designed to communicate about the SOM Office for Faculty's work in this arena. 

Progress So Far

The Office for Faculty has partnered with institutional offices across Duke to gather data and produce programs and resources related to combatting harassment.

Working with Leadership

Engagement with senior leadership is essential to the success of this initiative. In addition to the progress above, Dr. Brown has given numerous presentations to departmental leadership audiences, chairs, and center/institute directors to discuss the prevalence of sexual harassment and share real life stories from individuals within the Duke community. 

What’s next

Resources

There are a variety of ways to respond to incidents of Sexual Harassment up to and including formal reporting. The resources below were collated to help individuals seek information and support. This is a partial list and does not reflect the full breadth of resources available across the institution. 

Questions or concerns?

Contact ann.brown@duke.edu.