Given the ongoing national discussion on sexual harassment, The APSA Council and staff would like to remind all of our members of APSA’s sexual harassment policy, posted here. Harassment of colleagues, students, or other conference participants undermines the principle of equity at the heart of these professional fora and is inconsistent with the principles of free inquiry and free expression. Consequently, harassment is considered by APSA to be a serious form of professional misconduct.
We have developed a resource page on sexual harassment that includes links to the APSA Ethics committee, the APSA meetings ombuds, as well as information on various external support organizations. The resource page also includes information on how to submit a grievance.
The APSA Ombuds will be available during the 2018 Teaching and Learning Conference to speak with any meeting attendee on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, consultations with attendees who believe that they have experienced any form of harassment, or who have concerns about violations of the sexual harassment provisions of the APSA anti-harassment policy while onsite at the meeting.
In terms of the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting in Boston, the APSA Ombuds will again be available. Additionally, APSA is working with members to offer training and information on sexual harassment to meeting attendees.
We would also call your attention to the full report of the 2017 survey on sexual harassment conducted by the APSA Ethics Committee; the report is authored by Professors Virginia Sapiro and David Campbell.
Finally, we also note that APSA is in communication with other political science and academic disciplinary associations concerning the ways in which we can assist our members and each other in making progress on these issues.
Kathleen Thelen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania
David Lake, University of California, San Diego
Steven Rathgeb Smith