2010-2011 Academic Year Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault at the United States Merchant Marine Academy   [open pdf - 188KB]

"The Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (P.L. [Public Law] 110-417) requires that the United States Merchant Marine Academy (Academy) conduct an annual assessment to determine the effectiveness of the Academy's policies, training, and procedures with respect to sexual harassment and sexual violence prevention. The Act requires, among other things, a survey on sexual harassment and sexual assault every other year. In the survey administered to the midshipmen, faculty, and staff in the spring of 2010, midshipmen reported instances of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the previous year that had not otherwise been reported to the officials of the Academy. Students and faculty also reported a lack of confidence in the leadership of the Academy to foster a climate that is intolerant of sexual assault and harassment. Following the last Report to Congress for Academic Year 2009-2010, the leadership of the Academy has undergone key changes to address those concerns in a timely and effective manner. As a result, the Academy and the U.S. Department of Transportation have undertaken key initiatives in order to ensure that its programs, training, and processes create a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the Academy community. We also are devoting additional resources to the critical area of training and education for midshipmen, faculty, and staff and to bolstering the Academy's victims support network."

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