Calvin Harrassment Awareness & Prevention Training

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Calvin Harrassment Awareness & Prevention Training - Quiz


This module is designed to provide information to staff members regarding harrassment and Calvin's policies related to harrassment. Please answer all the questions below before the 2nd week of RA Training. Essay responses will be shared with your supervisor for follow-up staff conversations.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Harrassment (according to Calvin College Student Code of Conduct) is...severe or repeated unwelcome sexual advances or verbal comments of a sexual nature or verbal or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her legally protected characteristic, or other personal characteristic which is covered by this policy.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True. As a staff member, and person in authority with many students, it is important to recognize harrassment when it happens so that you can be an advocate and provide a safe, inclusive environment on your floor.

    It's also important to recognize the power dynamic inherent in your relationships with students. As a paid employee, you carry authority and behavior that may be seen as "joking around" between students can be especially tenuous as a staff person. Be aware of your words, treatment of others, and how you are perceived by students - talk to your supervisor if you have any concerns or questions.

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  • 2. 

    Harassment includes... Unwelcome conduct or language which creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, including epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, derogatory, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; written or graphic material that degrades or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group. It also includes interfering with or blocking a person's legitimate movement or access in the classroom or workplace, the use of profanity to convey hostility toward others and pranks or horseplay intended to embarrass or humiliate others

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True. Recognizing an official description can be less difficult than recognizing harrassment "in real life". Hopefully, this module will help you process what harrassment could look like around campus and help you understand your role to stop harrassment in order to maintain an inclusive environment.

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  • 3. 

    Please mark "agree" if you think the following describe the term "unwelcome" within Calvin's definition of harrassment:  recipient did not ask for it; recipient did not consent to it; recipient did not initiate it; when the victim complains, it's unwelcome; blatant and crude advances deemed to be inherently offensive.

    • A.

      Agree

    • B.

      Disagree

    Correct Answer
    A. Agree
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Agree. All the phrases above describe "unwelcome", although recipients do not necessarily need to complain before something is considered sexual harrassment. If the individual actively participates in sexual banter without giving any indication that he/she finds it offensive, it will probably be considered welcome. But even where this may be happening, keep in mind that some people may feel they have to 'go along to get along' and,whether they say so or not, may find it objectionable... which is why Residence Life is working to make students aware of their language-use and their language's impact on the community.

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  • 4. 

    To what extent do you think Calvin students "go along to get along" when inappropriate comments are being made?

  • 5. 

    Many harassment situations are a miscommunication between people. If someone does not intend harm with comments or actions they will not be held responsible for harassment. Harassment claims stem from people being too sensitive and not being able to joke around.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    All statements are false. It doesn't matter whether the alleged harasser intended to harass. Conduct is evaluated from the recipient's perspective. An unaware or unintended harasser may be held accountable for how they are being perceived. Courts apply a "reasonable person standard" asking whether a reasonable person would have found the conduct in question severe and pervasive that it created a hostile environment or met the definition of harassment.

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  • 6. 

    To what extent do you think a person's intent matters when it comes to harassment?

  • 7. 

    Talking about sex or telling "dirty" jokes may be considered conduct that creates a hostile environment.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Engaging in discussions about sex or sharing "dirty" jokes can create an uncomfortable and offensive environment for others, which can be perceived as a hostile environment. Such behavior may be seen as inappropriate, disrespectful, and can contribute to a negative and unwelcoming atmosphere. Therefore, it is correct to say that talking about sex or telling "dirty" jokes can be considered conduct that creates a hostile environment.

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  • 8. 

    Commenting on someone's physical attributes may be conduct that creates a hostile environment.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
  • 9. 

    Telling jokes related to someone's sexual identity or ethnicity

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The correct answer is True. Residence Life has worked to exclude phrases like "that's so gay" or "you're retarded" and references to other degrading comments about people's physical attributes, sexual or racial identity. Please help the campaign by reminding students when they use language that could be hurtful to others; certain words are not welcome in our community.

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  • 10. 

    Displaying sexually graphic or suggestive pictures may be conduct that creates a hostile environment.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The correct answer is true. Use the "reasonable person" test, but think about a broader age range than just the people on your floor... maybe applying a standard that involves "what would your mother or grandmother think?" is better than using attitudes on the floor as a barometer. Sometimes students will keep quiet even if they don't like something in order to get along with people on the floor.

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  • 11. 

    Over half of college men surveyed by the AAUW (association of american university women)said they have sexually harassed someone.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    "I Thought It Was Funny" - Who harasses and why is one of the most compelling findings of the research. Forty-one percent of all students, and more than half of the men surveyed, admitted that they had sexually harassed someone on campus. The main reason invoked to justify it was: "I thought it was funny." According to Elena Silva, director of research at AAUW Educational Foundation, "Students are not harassing because they are trying to get something from the other person but because they see themselves as misunderstood comedians who are doing what is acceptable, even accepted". from - http://www.now.org/issues/harass/030206aauwreport.html

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following statements do you think are most likely to occur on a college campus? Why? talking about sex; telling "dirty" jokes; telling jokes related to sexual identity or ethnicity; displaying sexually graphic or suggestive pictures; engaging in physically intimidating conduct like blocking someone's path.

  • 13. 

    In an analysis of prime time television programs, __% of the shows studied contained at least one incident of harassment or sexually offensive behavior where the behavior was not labeled as harassment.

    Correct Answer
    84
    84%
    Explanation
    84% of TV shows contain sexual harassment in some form. Some scholars consider harassment one of the first steps on a contiuum that ranges from rude comments to rape. Stopping harassment could be pivotal in our efforts to stop sexual assault (or other forms of violence).

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  • 14. 

    In a study of 2000 female college students __% reported experiencing inappropriate sexual comments, gestures, and looks; 83% were touched, grabbed or pinched; 40% reported these incident occurred daily at school.

    Correct Answer
    89
    89%
    Explanation
    89% of female students reported being sexually harassed at school.

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  • 15. 

    As a staff member, you have an opportunity to advocate for students who may not feel comfortable advocating for themselves. In what ways do you think you can prevent harassment at Calvin?

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