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      Sexual harassment disproportionately affects ecology and evolution graduate students with multiple marginalized identities in the United States

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          Sexual harassment within academic institutions has profound impacts that may lead to the attrition of groups historically excluded from the biological sciences and related disciplines. To understand sexual harassment's effects on vulnerable communities within academia, we examined graduate student experiences with sexual harassment. In a survey of ecology and evolutionary biology programs across the United States, we found that 38% of the graduate student respondents were sexually harassed during their time in these programs. Sexual harassment disproportionately affected graduate students with multiple intersecting marginalized identities, and these experiences led to delays in completing graduate programs and shifts away from their desired careers. Our research highlights the need for academic institutions, and science more broadly, to make widespread changes to sexual harassment policies, including treating sexual harassment as scientific misconduct and creating resources for individuals within students’ informal support networks, in tandem with efforts to dismantle barriers to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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                Journal
                BioScience
                Oxford University Press (OUP)
                0006-3568
                1525-3244
                May 2023
                May 04 2023
                May 04 2023
                May 2023
                May 04 2023
                May 04 2023
                : 73
                : 5
                : 376-387
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                10.1093/biosci/biad032
                d7aa6bb7-2c34-4971-83a6-a9dafa9d7ecb
                © 2023

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