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Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Education

Higher education is a growing business in the United States, with more than 3,700 degree-granting institutions and revenues of more than $671 billion in 2018, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. The number of students and graduates is increasing, as well: the percentage of Americans under age 30 who have any kind of college degree has grown from 40% in 2000 to 53% in 2019.

Unfortunately, allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct are becoming more prevalent, as well. A University of Oregon survey of graduate students found that 58% of the females and 39% of the males reported being victims of sexual harassment by education faculty, staff, or other students.

Teacher Sexual Misconduct & Harassment Prevention

Some say a reckoning is coming. The #metoo movement is not slowing down.
Claims of an unsafe or hostile educational environment can lead to lawsuits, executive firings, protests, or walkouts. Aggrieved students and staff, through social media, can target organizations that don’t respond appropriately, threatening scandal or even the organization’s viability.
However, we see this environment as an opportunity. Organizations that put the right systems in place can give students and staff the freedom to speak up, create a safe educational environment, and earn trust.

Imagine your students saying:

  • I love learning here
  • I feel safe here
  • I feel supported
  • I can trust that I am in good hands

Imagine your staff saying:

  • I have the confidence to handle crisis situations
  • I have a well-documented, behavior-based report to inform my decision-making
  • My students and staff trust me to be fair and impartial
  • I am working with a partner in this process I can trust

Redirect Can Help

Redirect can help your organization create a safer educational environment through:
  • Code of Conduct Development
  • Employee and Manager Training
  • Audits and Reporting
  • Investigations

“I can honestly say that I have learned valuable skills from Redirect. Everything from how to best approach employees to implementing better practices for training, and I feel more confident in my approach having Redirect as a part of our safety mission. Thank you for everything this company brings to the table.”

“I appreciate what your team is doing for us. You guys are doing work that is so important and so critical for us to run a business of high integrity, and you help us figure out when that’s not happening. Thank you.”

FAQs 

How can Redirect help my college reduce incidents of misconduct?

  • Helping educational institutions develop clear codes of conduct and training programs
  • Investigating any allegation of sexual misconduct in a scientific, trauma-informed, and objective manner
  • Analyzing data and providing insights on employee behavior and suggested administrative changes
  • Interrupting problematic behavior before it escalates

What are the benefits of Redirect to my workplace?

  • A safer work environment
  • Fewer and less severe incidents of misconduct
  • More trust from your students and staff
  • Better documentation for legal or insurance purposes
  • Handling each allegation in a fair and impartial manner

From Our Clients

“As a manager, no matter how hard you try, there is always a personal feeling involved when it’s your team that makes it impossible to stay unbiased.”

From Our Clients

“Everything went well. Redirect even provided a translator. I like the process being in someone else’s hands to help make the decision.”

From Our Clients

“If I get a complaint about someone who is billing 40 hours a week, am I really not going to think to myself, ‘I don’t want to lose this person?’ Probably not. And using Redirect, it is completely unbiased.”

Preventing sexual misconduct in the workplace requires a scientific, trauma-informed, and objective approach combined with the right plan.

What’s Your Plan?

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If your organization is serious about addressing and preventing sexual misconduct, Redirect can help.