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.
Survey of Duke faculty and staff (August 2018) to evaluate the prevalence of harassment
- Deans’ Forum on Sexual Harassment held October 2018
- Bystander & Civility Training retreats for leaders held March 2019
- Vice Dean for Faculty Ann Brown and representatives from the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement serving as founding members of NASEM Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education
- Office for Institutional Equity rolled out new Discrimination and Harassment Compliance Training to all faculty and staff April 2019
- Expanded bystander intervention and restorative practice trainings for faculty, staff, trainees, and learners held July and August 2019
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.
- The School of Medicine Sexual Harassment Task Force includes 30 faculty and staff and has been charged with developing strategies to create transformative change within the institutional culture. The task force aims to present its findings and recommendations in fall 2019. For more information, contact Committee Chair Coleen Cunningham, MD.
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.
- Duke Policy on Sexual Harassment
- Policy on the Appropriate Treatment of Learners
- Duke Integrity Line (can be anonymous) 800-826-8109
- The Duke Ombudspersons can provide neutral and confidential guidance on a variety of issues, including how to respond to incidents of harassment.
- Personal Assistance Service
- If you are in imminent danger call 911 for a rapid response.
- To report instances of misconduct and to file a formal complaint, contact the Office for Institutional Equity, 919-684-8222
‘Gray’ Areas: When you’re not sure whether to file a formal complaint, but someone’s behavior makes you feel uncomfortable
Questions or concerns?