October 11, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Griffin Presents Colloquium on Sexual Misconduct to Linguistics Department

Standing at front of small classroom, Kerri Griffin presents Sexual Misconduct training at Linguistics Colloquium.

Kerri Griffin presents Sexual Misconduct training at Linguistics Colloquium.

Kerri Griffin, Interim Director and Title IX Coordinator in Equity and Civil Rights Compliance at Ohio University, recently spoke to staff and students in the Linguistics Department during the Fall Linguistics Colloquium Series’ presentation on university policies prohibiting discrimination in the context of Title IX.

She was asked by the Chair, Dr. David Bell, who points out: “It has now been more than 25 years since Anita Hill gave evidence to the Senate Judiciary Committee about sexual harassment charges against the Supreme Court nominee Judge Clarence Thomas, and today it seems little has changed. With the rise of the #MeToo movement and reports of sexual harassment on the rise, we need to understand how we can respond to instances of discrimination and sexual misconduct not only at Ohio University but in our future work situations and in the wider community.”

Slide on the 3 D's of bystander intervention: recognize, intervene, support

Kerri Griffin provided group information on Bystander Intervention.

Griffin’s colloquium was not just a presentation, but also a discussion during which attendees were encouraged to ask questions. Primarily in attendance were first-year Linguistics M.A. students, who raised issues such as how to clarify consent with sexual partners, when, if, and how to report sexual misconduct that has been reported to them, what is and is not considered workplace harassment, and what constitutes stalking.

One in six women and one in 33 men will be the victim of sexual assault in their lifetime ( If you have been the victim of sexual assault, harassment, or discrimination at Ohio University, please contact the Office of University Equity & Civil Rights Compliance in Lindley Hall 006 at 740-593-9140 or email or To report an immediate threat, call 911.

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