Reach and impact

The Reach and Impact of Sexual Harassment

Studies show that no segment of the college community is immune from sexual harassment. Anyone can be sexually harassed regardless of gender, age, appearance, or status. However, virtually every survey and study indicate that sexual harassment is directed at many more women than men.

  • Studies documenting sexual harassment of college students by faculty or staff indicate that between 20 to 30 percent of undergraduate women have experienced sexually harassing behavior.
  • In a few studies that have examined student-to-student harassment at colleges, as many as 90 percent of undergraduates women report at least one negative experience from male students.
  • The studies that have examined the incidence of college faculty experiencing sexual harassment show 20 to 50 percent of women faculty members reporting some form of sexual harassment in the workplace.
  • Data for non-academic employees in educational institutions is sparse. Workplace estimates of sexual harassment range from 40 to 75 percent, with some studies reporting higher numbers.
NOTE: The Office of Equal Opportunity transitioned to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Access effective July 1, 2013 and the website is located at: All references within campus-wide documents to the Office of Equal Opportunity should be considered analogous to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Access.