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Campus climate issues addressed by faculty, staff, student

PULLMAN, Wash. – Five working groups comprised of more than 110 Washington State University students, faculty and staff have begun meeting to develop recommendations for creating a more inclusive and welcoming community at WSU campuses system-wide. » More …

Men’s magazine article associated with sexual aggression

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

mens-fitness-magazinePULLMAN, Wash. – A recent article in Men’s Fitness magazine, “How to Turn a ‘No’ into a ‘Yes,’ ” has attracted angry messages on Twitter from readers who argue this approach encourages men to be sexually coercive. Research at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and the Department of Human Development at Washington State University shows why that’s true and why stories like this can promote sexual aggression. » More …

Online course convenient, free

The Military Science Department was first on the WSU Pullman campus to require all faculty and staff to take the online Preventing Sexual Harassment training course.Lt. Col. Jeff Baker, chair of the department, noted that the course was similar to the annual harassment prevention training provided by the U.S. Army. “This training is preventative and valuable for all of our faculty and staff,” Baker said. “We are all part of the WSU community and we need to do our part. I recommend it.”So does Raul Sanchez, director of the Center for Human Rights. The course was added to the center’s website in January.“The online course … » More …

More sexual harassment sanctions

WSU’s discrimination and sexual harassment policy has been revamped into two policies, a new one to cover consensual relations. The drafts detail more potential sanctions for offenders and guidelines for selecting sanctions and reporting incidents.The university community is invited to comment until Sept. 30 on the drafts, which were prepared by a committee of the Faculty Senate and provost. “We made some significant changes,” said Frances McSweeney, vice provost for Faculty Affairs.  “Sometimes, even if both parties agree, a consensual relationship is not acceptable,” she said. “There is no informed consent if one person holds power over the other. Our goal is not to eliminate … » More …