Harassment rife in higher education, study finds

According to a study by Statistics Canada, one-third of women and almost a quarter of men teaching and researching on Canadian university and college campuses deal with harassment, much higher rates than in most other workplaces, writes Morgan Sharp for Canada’s National Observer.

A 2018 Statistics Canada study found 19% of women and 13% of men reported experiencing harassment in their workplace in the past year. The post-secondary report, one of the first to look across fields of study, types of institution, and across the country, said the higher rates could be explained in part by the younger skew of the academic workforce and the hierarchies of power involved.

“There is a great deal of hierarchy in terms of authority” in academia, the report’s author Darcy Hango wrote, noting in particular the practice of tenured faculty supervising graduate students. “Moreover, younger adults, who are more likely to experience harassment and discrimination, represent a large part of the working and student population of post-secondary institutions,” he said.
Full report on Canada’s National Observer site