This article discusses the role of school administrators in addressing sexual harassment in theater and communication programs. On college and university campuses, by and large, men have power. Women on campus by and large trust these men who have power. The trust in such a relationship is precious, built over time through consistency, responsiveness and mutual concerns. Sexual harassment breaks that trust, destroys it completely, and in the process wounds those who are involved. The 9 to 5 organization has concluded that a strong policy is the best way to combat sexual harassment. A written policy easily becomes both the front line for education and the bottom line for dealing with individual cases. Such a policy should include a complaint procedure, insure fairness to all parties, provide for formal and informal investigation of complaints, and should detail precise and appropriate discipline for offenders.
Wills, J. R. (1994). Safe places, fair practices, trust: Sexual harassment in communication and theatre. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, 23(2), 58–67.