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Key findings and recommendations

Feb 27, 2017 03:37 PM

The Logistics Management Institute audit of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy identified several shortcomings with the administration’s handling of sexual assault and harassment on campus. Among the key findings: 

  • Academy leadership and management do not present a unified message regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • Current sexual assault and sexual harassment programs tend to be reactive rather than based on a unified, strategic approach.
  • The emphasis on the academy’s core values is understated.  
  • Fear of retaliation and victim blaming that hinders intervention and reporting impedes progress toward addressing sexual assault and sexual harassment.
  • The academy and MarAd lack a program to ensure that shipping companies have adequate policies and procedures in place during Sea Year.  
  • Academy policies, guides and programs require improvements to fully prepare and support midshipmen for Sea Year.

Recommendations for changing the culture at Kings Point:

  • Build and align the academy’s leadership and management team across all levels of the institution.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive, multi-year sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention and response plan.
  • Develop a Sea Year credentialing program that will enable the academy and industry to maximize program effectiveness while maintaining the health and safety of midshipmen.

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