Duke Joins National Academies Partnership on Preventing Sexual Harassment

Duke University is a founding member of a new national higher education initiative to prevent sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education.

The university has joined with 42 other universities and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to launch the Action Collaborative on Preventing Harassment in Higher Education. It is designed to be an active space where colleges, universities, and research and training organizations can research and develop efforts that move beyond basic legal compliance to evidence-based policies and practices for addressing and preventing all forms of sexual harassment.

The four main goals of the action collaborative are to:

  • raise awareness about sexual harassment and how it occurs, the consequences of sexual harassment, and the organizational characteristics and recommended approaches that can prevent it;
  • share and elevate evidence-based institutional policies and strategies to reduce and prevent sexual harassment;
  • contribute to setting the research agenda, and gather and apply research results across institutions; and
  • develop a standard for measuring progress toward reducing and preventing sexual harassment in higher education.

“Duke’s participation in the Action Collaborative represents one facet of the broader ongoing efforts aimed at building an inclusive climate for all,” said Claudia K. Gunsch, Theodore S. Kennedy Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and associate vice provost for faculty advancement. “Our institution’s involvement in this national effort sends the important signal that Duke’s leadership is committed to eliminating conduct that undermines our institutional values.”


National Academies Launch Action Collective