Sexual harassment commonplace on college campuses, study says.

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The Stony Brook University sophomore doesn't remember the content of the e-mail shesaid was a form of sexual harassment. But it upset her enough that she considered How2Guide
reporting the ex-boyfriend who sent it to college authorities.
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But Tori, who did not want her full name used, decided not to file a complaint. "I figured it was way too much trouble for something not that big of a deal." She said she solved the problem by blocking e-mail from her ex and telling him to "cut it out." Based on a national survey of2,036 college students aged 18-24 conducted by Harris Interactive last May, Tori line with others when she decided not to involve the The online survey found that sexual harassment is >NEWS
commonplace on college campuses -- nearly two-thir62 percent of students, said they had experienced so Long Island
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harassment, according to "Drawing the Line: Sexual Harassment on Campus," a report by the survey's spthe American Association of University Women. The association found that 7 percent of students said the Entertainment
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The survey also found that 53 percent of students reported receiving unwanted sexual comments, jokes, gestu Start now and get a
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The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a nonprofit group that is based in Philadelphia and often engcampus free-speech and academic issues, criticized the report for a definition of sexual harassment -- "unwant How to advertise
unwelcome sexual behavior that interferes with your life" -- that was "so broad that the report's conclusions aremisleading and dangerous to free expression on campus." Minority job
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Elena Silva, report co-author and the association of university women's director of research, said the organizat Sexual harassment commonplace on college campuses, study says -- Ne.,0,204672.
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that are not necessarily illegal or criminal," yet may still shape their college experience, she said.
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Seeking to promote dialogue on the issue, the association also awarded grants to 11 institutions, including Sto >PARTNERS
Brook, to develop programs that foster a "harassment-free" campus environment.
Ashley Carr, an association spokeswoman, said Stony Brook had a "very strong proposal" and a track record o Star Community
sexual-harassment prevention. That record includes a long-standing mandatory training program for faculty and Publishing
sexual harassment, discrimination and diversity issues, student-orientation programs that cover similar terrain aannual gender equity conference, said Mary Kenny-Corron, the university's affirmative action, equal employme Island Publications
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Kenny-Corron said the $5,000 grant from the association will let the university stage two campus "dialogue projthe next two months. One will bring high school and middle school students to campus to learn "what students LI Weddings
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discuss its perceptions of harassment, and brainstorm solutions.
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