A recent publication from Clancy et al. (2014; Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees report harassment and assualt) highlighted the continued, and unfortunate, presence of sexual harassment and assault in fieldwork settings (e.g., research and field courses). Based on recommendations that were made in the Clancy et al. paper and with the strong support of the Penn State Department of Anthropology, a committee of our graduate students has developed two documents - links below - that clearly describe expectations for behavior in the field and provide resources and a clear reporting structure to address any issues that do occur. These documents can be used in each field experience led by the PSU Department of Anthropology. We also hope that by disseminating these documents to our colleagues at other universities and departments, others will benefit from having them as templates. It is only with broad support that we can truly work towards decreasing the prevalence of sexual harassment and assault and providing a safe and supportive environment for all the members of our community.
These documents will be revised over time as we continually evaluate these processes. We also welcome feedback and ideas! The graduate student committee who drafted these documents consisted of (in alphabetical order): Richard Bankoff, Nadia Johnson, Stephen Johnson, Raining Wang, and Julie White.
We would also like to thank the authors of the Clancy et al. study: Kathryn Clancy, Robin Nelson, Julienne Rutherford, and Katie Hinde for their encouragement and advice, and Michelle Bezanson who shared a similarly-motivated document that she uses in her field courses and field research settings.
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