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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.

NSF'S 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

NSF'S TESTIMONY AT CONGRESSIONAL HEARING

"As the primary funding agency of fundamental science and engineering research in the United States, NSF recognizes that to enable scientists, engineers and students to work at the outermost frontiers of knowledge, the agency must be a role model for teamwork, fairness, and equity." – Rhonda Davis, head, NSF's Office of Diversity and Inclusion

On February 27, 2018, Rhonda Davis testified, on behalf of NSF, before the Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Ms. Davis discussed NSF's new policies and strategies to combat sexual harassment in STEM. To view the full hearing or access written testimony, please visit the Subcommittee on Research and Technology Hearing - A Review of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct in Science.

NSF'S PROMISING PRACTICES

NSF expects all research organizations to ensure harassment-free environments wherever NSF-funded science is conducted. To view NSF promising practices on codes of conduct, training, reporting practices, and other policies and procedures regarding harassment, please visit Promising Practices.

NSF'S 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.