Professors worry mandatory reporting will keep students quiet about sexual harassment, assault

Sep 20, 2015 by

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Michael Williams wants his young college students to feel they can come to him for help.

He’s eager to guide them with an assignment or offer a sympathetic ear when things go sour in their personal lives.

But if they confide something to the University of Kansas journalism professor about sexual harassment or worse …

“I have said to the student, ‘I’m really sorry this happened, but if you tell me more details, I have to report this’ ” to others on campus, said Williams, president of KU’s University Senate. “Sometimes, the student goes ahead and tells you everything anyway. They’re seeking an adult they can trust. …

“But I’ve had students say, ‘I don’t want any one else to know.’ They don’t tell you anything more. That’s when the situation gets a little gray.”

And, say faculty from Manhattan to Columbia, a student who can’t tell a professor something in confidence might not tell anybody.

Source: Professors worry mandatory reporting will keep students quiet about sexual harassment, assault | The Kansas City Star

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