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Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia

Sexual Harassment & Misconduct

This working group is currently looking for feedback on the following:

  • Would you be willing to participate in in-person training on procedures for and prevention of harassment and misconduct?
  • What are relevant disciplinary measures for faculty to apply proportional responses to infractions?
  • What are your thoughts about a “University-Wide Committee” for adjudication of claims by or against faculty?
  • How can we change culture?

Share your feedback using the Share Your Input form.

This working group will review all policies related to Sexual Harassment and Misconduct, as well as procedures followed, and training offered. We will review recent statistics on claims at the University of Rochester and benchmark these against other institutions. In addition, we will review similar procedures and reporting structures at other schools and identify best practices or recommended changes to our policies and procedures.

The Commission welcomes your input on experiences with these policies at the University and other institutions.

Share Your Input


Sarah Cercone Heavey, PhD, MPH (working group chair), Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Amy L. Lerner, PhD, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Hajim School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Colleen O. Davis, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACEP, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Dentistry

Charlotte Collins, student, Winds, Brass and Percussion & Music Teaching and Learning, Eastman School of Music

Timothy French, student, Arts, Sciences & Engineering

Suzanne Behme, staff, Head Coach for Women’s Lacrosse, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation

Brenna Rybak, staff, Administrator, Department of Biology, School of Arts & Sciences

Past Contributors:

LaRon Nelson, PhD, RN, FNP, FNAP, FAAN, Assistant Professor and Dean’s Endowed Fellow in Health Disparities, School of Nursing

Rachel Ellison, student, Public Health (Health, Behavior, and Society), School of Arts & Sciences