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Sexual Harassment

Basic research is done in all environments all over the world. All of those places much be harassment-free.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) does not tolerate harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment, within the Foundation, at grantee institutions, field sites or anywhere science is conducted. NSF has taken steps to help ensure research environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering our policies, guidelines and communications so that institutions clearly understand expectations and individuals understand their rights.

 

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE

The National Science Foundation submitted into the Federal Register for public comment on the proposed implementation of the new reporting requirements specified in Important Notice No. 144. To post your comments, please view the Federal Register - Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault and comment by May 4, 2018.

 

NSF HARASSMENT NOTICES

NSF has taken a firm stance against harassment and discrimination. Please review our most recent policies.

Important Notice No. 144: Harassment

ODI Bulletin No. 18-01, Sexual Harassment Reporting

Office of Polar Programs Affirmation of Non-Harassment Policy Statement

OD 17-07: Policy Statement on Equal Opportunity and the Prevention of Harassment

 

PROMISING PRACTICES ON CODES OF CONDUCT

NSF expects all research organizations to establish and maintain clear and unambiguous standards of behavior to ensure harassment-free workplaces wherever science is conducted. NSF promising practices on effective codes of conduct and standards of behavior are coming soon.

 

TITLE IX FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Harassment is a complex topic; for information please visit NSF Title IX FAQ webpage.

 

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For any questions, comments or concerns regarding harassment, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at programcomplaints@nsf.gov or (703) 292-8020. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 48 hours, please follow up to ensure ODI has received your communication.

For media and press inquiries, please contact Sarah Bates at sabates@nsf.gov or (703) 292-7738.

An ODI staff member will respond to you to answer your questions, explain what your options are, and what you can expect next.