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While it might be interesting to see how overall upbringing/background affects whether or not people have been harassed in the workplace, it is not the direction I want to go in for this study. Instead, I would rather look into the simple question of, “Have youever been a victim of gender harassment/discrimination the workplace? If yes, what was the situation?” I would like to find out what people have to say because I believe that noting even the mere existence of incidents of workplace harassment/discrimination will raise awareness, which is half of the battle of ending it. In order to collect this information, I will send out an anonymous survey to anyone the school is currentlyaffiliated with. This ranges from professors in any department, advisors, dining hall/bookstore/Building Services employees, and every student. I will administer this survey via email, because everyone involved with Denison has a locatable Denison email address. It’s extremely important that this survey has the option to be anonymous, in case people don’t feel comfortable using their names. I think that this would increase my response rate, as well, because some people aren’t comfortable sharing their experiences for fear of judgment. This survey is a good way to get information because it’s quick and easy for people to complete.
10The first question, “Have you ever been a victim to gender harassment/discrimination in the workplace?” will have an option to answer “yes” or “no”. The second question, “If yes, what was the situation?” will have an answer box for them to type text into regarding what happened or whatever information they would like to share. Then, all they have to do is click the submit button, and I would have access to the answers. In the end, I will compile the data and create statistics as my results, becausethat’s exactly what I’m going for: to show what percentage of people in a university setting has experienced workplace harassment. I am choosing to do this study in a university because I feel that it is an intriguing as well as accurate representation of people. Specifically at Denison there is a population of students with unique, individual upbringings, so this information can be applied across the board to places outside of the university. It also is easy for me to conduct this research because of proximity—it makes sense to do research in a place that I am familiar with, as well as somewhere that I physically occupy everyday. In addition to this survey, I would like to hold interviews with professors who are skilled in any subjects that apply, such as psychology, women’s studies, business, economics, or anyone who feels that they would have valuable information. A few shortcomings of this study might be that the university doesn’t exactly replicate the entire United States. It is also possible that I won’t get a good turnout rate of the survey because there is no incentive for anyone to complete it. It could be also that some people might not be avid email-checkers.