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November 18, 2002

PCSW reviews sexual harassment policy

By Stephanie Sonnenfeld

Members of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) met Nov. 7 in 400 Administration and began the meeting with a report from the faculty concerns committee.

Committee co-chair Anne Kelley proposed sending a letter to the Emory College Dean search committee urging members to seek out strong women candidates. PCSW chair Beth Seelig said she would work on the letter and would sign it along with the faculty concerns co-chairs.

Seelig told members that Claudia Adkison of the School of Medicine is beginning to gather data from the basic sciences and two pilot departments (surgery and pediatrics) for the PCSW Gender Equity Study.

Staff concerns committee chair Susan Lee said her group is interviewing staff members who participate in alternative work arrangements and hopes to review shuttle route information. The group also is slated to meet with Adair Maller of Human Resources to discuss family leave options.

Pat Douglass of Human Resources updated members on the Mentor Emory program, which is nearing the end of its pilot stage. She said there is a need for mentors, as the number of mentees has grown. “We’re trying to keep the energy and synergy going,” Douglass said.

Jenny Higgins of student concerns said her group is continuing its assessment of Emory’s sexual harassment policy. They have revamped their year-long plan concerning this issue (which was presented at October’s meeting) to research sexual harassment policies at peer institutions, review Emory’s sexual harassment information and offer future student programs focusing on sexual harassment and violence at Emory.

PCSW members then asked if it would be in their best interest to revisit Emory’s sexual harassment policies and programs as a group. A suggestion was made to meet with Kent Alexander, the University’s general counsel, and Robert Ethridge, vice president for Equal Opportunity Programs. Seelig said she would formally invite the two to an upcoming meeting.

The commission will meet again Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in 400 Administration.

If you have a question or concern for PCSW, e-mail Beth Seelig at