Monday Afternoon Learning Opps

Sexual Harassment in Employment: The Straightforward and Hidden Costs on Campus

  • Monday, July 15
  • 04:00 PM - 05:15 PM
  • Austin Conv Center
  • Level 4, 18CD
  • SK


Janine DuMontelle

Vice President and General Counsel

Chapman University

Orange, California

Hillary Pettegrew

Senior Risk Management Counsel

United Educators

Bethesda, Maryland


Sexual harassment in employment is a driver of campus litigation costs, even when claims settle or higher education institutions win at trial. Particularly in the #MeToo era, no higher education institution is immune from such claims, which pose risks of serious reputational harm, damage to morale, and employee turnover, as well as monetary losses. The panelists will summarize a study of claims submitted to United Educators (UE) over five years (2013-2017), a period when UE and its member institutions incurred millions of dollars in losses. They will also address high-profile sexual harassment litigation—especially involving faculty—and offer recommendations for avoiding or mitigating similar losses on other campuses.

Learning Objectives

  • Appreciate the potential costs, both financial and otherwise, of sexual harassment among employees
  • Describe actions your institution can take to significantly reduce the chances of costly sexual harassment claims being made
  • Use insurance claims data to help improve handling of sexual harassment allegations on your campus