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Release: Immediate

UI offers teleconference 'How to address claims of sexual harassment' on Sept. 28

IOWA CITY, Iowa ­ "How to Address Claims of Sexual Harassment: What the Law Demands," a national teleconference, will be offered at two locations at the University of Iowa on Monday, Sept. 28. The conference, which will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., can be viewed at the Terrace Room in the Iowa Memorial Union and in the East Room on the 8th floor of the John Colloton Pavilion at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"This important teleconference will provide information on how to handle sexual harassment complaints effectively," said Susan Mask, UI director of the Office of Affirmative Action. "Federal law and Department of Education requirements make clear that while institutions cannot be expected to prevent sexual harassment, they are legally responsible to take quick and appropriate steps to remedy it. This University of Vermont educational teleconference will provide administrators, faculty, and staff with the tools they need to meet this challenge, legally and effectively, to protect everyone involved."

Topics to be covered include:
-- How the law defines sexual harassment
-- The current status of sexual harassment law
-- How to take a complaint and establish a file
-- How to conduct interviews with both the accuser and the accused

Those interested in attending the teleconference at UIHC are asked to call 335-8067 to reserve a space. No reservations are required for attending the Terrace Room viewing.

The Office of Affirmative Action and the College of Medicine are co-sponsors of the teleconference on the UI campus.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you need an accommodation to participate in this program, call the Office of Affirmative Action in advance, phone (319) 335-0705.