Sexual harassment in Academia

After the #MeToo movement that started late 2017, Dutch academia has again been shook by a university’s poor response to sexual harassment. For a number of years, students from the master programme Conservation and Restauration at the University of Amsterdam had to deal with harassment by a teacher, but no concrete actions were taken against the teacher. He has been removed from some but not all teaching duties. On the 19th of June, 200 students protested sexual harassment and the poor response from the University of Amsterdam.

Victims of sexual harassment may experience far-reaching consequences, including depression, burn-out, study delays or drop-out, or leaving academia altogether. In case you have experiences with sexual harassment or other forms of undesired transgressive behaviour, you can get in touch with your university’s confidential counsellors (vertrouwenspersonen in Dutch).