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NSF issues sexual harassment policy as NIH promises action

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Science  28 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6409, pp. 1299-1300
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6409.1299

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Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced new reporting requirements for institutions that are designed to help the agency track sexual harassment by grantees. It and other U.S. science agencies are under growing pressure from Congress and the scientific community to crack down on such behavior, and NSF's new policy prompted the National Institutes of Health to explain why it has yet to take a similar step—and elicited calls for the government to take even stronger action. Under the new rules, universities must tell NSF if any faculty member with an NSF grant has been found guilty of sexual or other forms of harassment and if they have placed an NSF-funded scientist on administrative leave for a matter relating to harassment. (Institutions sometimes take administrative action against faculty members after they receive an allegation but long before they have concluded an investigation.) The changes finalize a draft policy that NSF posted in March and apply to grants awarded after 20 October.