The Professor K's sexual harassment scandal created a sensation on and off campus. Many students including the General Coed Student Council (GCSC) demanded that he leave his teaching position. They stressed the importance of making school regulations against sexual violence at DU. The Post took a random survey on the issues involved in the scandal with 164 students including 79 women...........................................Ed.
As for the Professor K's matter, about 80% of students insisted that if it was true, Professor K should resign from his professorship. This indicated that sexual harassment would not be permitted between professors and students on campus. Students were anxious that trust with professors would be damaged because of the matter.
However, male students?viewpoints on sexual harassment was quite different from females? In answer to Question No. 2, "Have you ever experienced sexual harassment?" about 52% of female students answered that they have ever experienced sexual harassment. However, about 84% of male students didn't think that they had done sexual harassment. Women considered body touching at drinking parties, indecent jokes and comments on their looks including appearance, body shape and weight, as sexual harassment.
The different viewpoints on sexual harassment is continued in the third question. About 69% of female students answered that School Regulations against Sexual Violence (SRSV) are needed. However, about 67% of male students replied that School Regulations should be established carefully because they can create a sense of confusion between men and women.
The opinion on how to end sexual harassment was different between men and women. While about 48% of women insisted on strengthening the punishment against a perpetrator, only 24% of men concurred.
According to the results of survey, many students supported school regulations. However, they did not know the contents. "In order to awaken awareness on sexual violence and resolve sexual violence matters on campus harmoniously, school regulations are positively necessary. We have persevered in our efforts for establishing School Regulations since 1997. However, it is disappointing that students did not actually know their contents because they were not well publicized. We will concentrate our efforts to inform students about the contents of School Regulations," Kim Park Seon-kyong, a chief of the 14th General Coed Student Council, said.
In the meantime, School Authorities have already made School Regulations related with sexual harrassment last March 1. However, the contents of the School Regulations that the GCSC proposed were somewhat different from the School Regulations of School Authorities. "What School Authorities made only deals with violations of students. And the regulations do not include professors and staff members of DU," a chief of the GCSC complained of the School Regulations?contents.
However, School Authorities insisted, "If professors were included in the School Regulations, it could bring disgrace on professors. Beside, our School Regulations have a system of dealing with professors charged with sexual violence,"?
Some universities are already carrying out School Regulations against Sexual Violences. "Our university established the Regulations last year. When a sexual violence happens, the Sex Ethics Committee composed of six professors and three students is convened. It metes out punishment and demands a public apology and a reeducation. However, the component ratio of Sex Ethics Committee, criteria on application, extent of sexual violence and preventive education is vulnerable,"?Cho Heon-im, a chief of the GCSC at the Pusan National University, explained.
School Regulations may be the way to end sexual violence. However, a definition of sexual violence, a clear criteria and how punishment will be meted out must be classified because sexual violence is a matter not only for women but for the entire DU community including students, professors and staff members.
The recent scandal stirred up interest on sexual violence at DU. However, the Post survey showed that there are many things that School Authorities and the GCSC should solve before establishing School Regulations. It is clear that sexual violence is an important issue on and off campus, and it should be solved by mutual trust and agreement. Now is the time to show interest in sexual violence and in its regulating.
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