The CBS BiS Platform for Diversity & Difference asked students at Copenhagen Business School about their perceptions of
and experiences with sexual harassment in their study environment. 429 students replied to the survey, which consisted of
both closed and open field questions.
The aim of the study was to understand what behavior students perceive and identify as sexual harassment as well as what
behavior students regard as acceptable and normal in their study environment. Additionally, it investigated the experience of
CBS students with sexual harassment at their university. The survey can be grouped in five blocks: (1) what defines sexual
harassment, (2) perceptions of boundary lines, (3) experiences of sexual harassment, (4) opinions on sexual harassment and
(5) responding to sexual harassment.
The survey shows that sexual harassment is a present and a considerable problem for the students. Moreover, it shows that
it is difficult for individuals to interpret and evaluate their experiences of sexual harassment. The negotiation of what
constitutes sexual harassment and what not, where to ‘draw the line’ and how to delineate grey zones is difficult and
ongoing. The data further shows, that a great part of behavior, which is perceived as sexual harassment, is nonetheless
deemed acceptable or normal behavior in the study environment. This leads to the suggestion that sexual harassment is
normalized in the university context. This conclusion is supported by the fact that only a very low number of cases of sexual
harassment are being reported.
The results therefore call upon further action from all actors within Copenhagen Business School, including management,
faculty, staff and students to raise awareness about the issue of sexual harassment and how to respond to it, investigate
harassment cases and create better support structures for students who experience sexual harassment in their study
|Place of Publication||Frederiksberg|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2019|