NSF Reporting Requirements for Harassment and Assault

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Dear Colleagues:

We are writing to inform you of new National Science Foundation (NSF) reporting requirements regarding sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault, and to remind you of the Georgetown’s policies on these topics. We at Georgetown are unambiguously committed to fostering a teaching and research environment in which no one is subjected to any form of harassment or assault. We expect that all members of our community will foster a professional, respectful and welcoming work and academic environment.

The NSF requirements will apply to all new NSF awards and continuing funding increments issued on or after October 21, 2018 and will require grantee organizations such as Georgetown to report to NSF:

  1. any findings of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault by NSF­ funded principal investigators (“PI”) and co­principal investigators (“co-PI”) that occur after October 21, 2018; and
  2. the placement of the PI or co­-PI on administrative leave, or of the imposition of any administrative action relating to a harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation, after October 21, 2018.

The notification to NSF must be made within 10 business days from either the date of a finding or the imposition of administrative leave or other administrative action. Note that if an incident of harassment or assault occurred before October 21, 2018, but the finding or imposition of administrative leave or administrative action occurs after October 21, 2018, it must be reported.

Upon receiving a notification, NSF may remove or substitute the PI or co­PI from the award, reduce the award amount, or suspend or terminate the award.

More information about the new NSF reporting requirements can be found on the NSF website.

Georgetown shares NSF’s commitment to ensure a harassment­free, safe, and productive research and education environment. Georgetown’s Policy on Sexual Misconduct prohibits sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual assault. Georgetown’s Policy Statement on Harassment further prohibits harassment on the basis of other protected categories including race, disability, and age. Harassment based on these protected categories subverts the University’s mission and threatens damage to the educational experience, careers, and well­being of students, faculty, and staff. Anyone with a harassment complaint is encouraged to report it to the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action (IDEAA), online via Georgetown’s Sexual Misconduct website, or through the Compliance Helpline.

Additional resources are available on the University’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Affirmative Action’ s (IDEAA) website and the NSF website.

Please let us know if you have any questions. Many thanks for your cooperation.

Rosemary E. Kilkenny, Esq. Vice President, Institutional Diversity & Equity

William Jack, D.Phil. Vice Provost for Research