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Scenario 1: Harassment

Introduction : Console Chris

You chose: Put your arm around Chris’s shoulders and offer consolation.

Chris pulls away and mumbles something. You realize that physical contact was not welcome and ask, “Is there anything I can do to help?” She says, “No.”

You can...

Stay out of it
Say, “Feel free to talk to me if you want.”
Get the others to vote
Suggest, “Well there are some people at MIT who are particularly able to help in painful situations like this. You might want to talk to someone in the Ombuds Office or Graduate Student Office.”
Ask to talk
Respond, "You shouldn’t let Prof. X get away with this. You have the right to be treated better than that. You should report Prof. X to the Chair of the department.”
Get the others to vote
Say, “Well, if you won’t do anything, I will. I’m going to report Prof. X to the Chair of the department.”


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