If You Are Being Harassed - What You Can Do

Every sexual harassment situation is different.  You are the only one who can evaluate the problem and decide what to do.  Friends, equal opportunity officers, human resource professionals and support groups can offer information and support.  Do not ignore the situation or blame yourself for the harassment.  It is not your fault.  Place the blame on the harasser.  These strategies may be helpful:

• Don't ignore it.  Be direct and take action.  Say NO to the harasser.

• Write a letter to the harasser.  Let him/her know how you feel and that you want the harassment to stop.  Send it certified mail and keep a copy.

• Document the harassment.  Record the date, time, place, people involved, and what was said to whom, for each incident. 

• Tell someone.  Please do not keep it to yourself.  You will not stop the harassment by being quiet.  You may not be the only victim of your harasser.  Speak up.  This will be helpful in finding support.

• Know your rights.  Familiarize yourself with the university policy and resources that protect you as a student, faculty or staff.

• Contact someone at one of the resources listed below to talk with about the harassment.  They will provide you with help, support and assistance.