National Science Foundation Proposes Sexual Harassment and Assault Reporting Requirements
In the wake of the #MeToo Movement, the National Science Foundation (“NSF”) has released a proposed policy seeking to impose sexual harassment and assault-related reporting requirements on Colleges and Universities (“Institutions”).
If adopted, Institutions will have to notify NSF if they find that a Principal Investigator (“PI”) or Co-Investigator (“Co-PI”) on an NSF-funded research project has engaged in harassment or sexual assault. Institutions will also have to notify NSF if they place a Co-PI or PI on administrative leave due to an allegation or finding of harassment or sexual assault.
A violation must be reported to NSF even if it occurs off-campus—including on-line, at field sites and at conferences and workshops. The Institution will have seven days after a finding or administrative leave placement to notify NSF.
Interested parties will have until May 4, 2018 to comment on the proposed regulation before it is adopted.
- Monitor NSF publications to see if NSF adopts this proposed policy
- Train all research staff, including PIs and Co-PIs, on laws and policies governing sexual harassment and assault
- Find out more about how your Campus should respond to the #MeToo Movement at one of our Roundtable events on March 23rd, 27th and 29th
Approved Investigators of Sexual Misconduct
Bowditch attorneys are regularly retained by institutions of higher education to conduct sexual misconduct investigations. Our attorneys are approved investigators of sexual misconduct and frequently hired by United Educators. We also provide consulting services and training to colleges, universities and secondary schools on a wide variety of issues relating to preventing, investigating and responding to sexual misconduct.