Sending Office: Honorable Bill Foster
I am writing to invite you to join me in sending a letter to the National Science Foundation urging them to implement their proposed reforms regarding sexual harassment. As you may be aware, the National Academies released a report this week that comprehensively
evaluated the prevalence and prevention of sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine. (For more information:
The report found that over half female academics in science have experienced harassment and that their female students are also experiencing sexual harassment at alarming rates. The report recommends several policies to address the problem of sexual harassment
in the sciences, including funding agencies instituting measures to hold institutions accountable.
Recently, the National Science Foundation
announced proposed policies to require institutions who receive new NSF funding to report perpetrators of harassment and the actions they have taken to address the harassment. This letter sends a strong signal to funding agencies and research institutions
that we support meaningful reforms to address sexual harassment.
To sign on to this letter, please contact Yasmeen Hussain (firstname.lastname@example.org) in my office.
The deadline to sign on is COB Monday, 6/18.
Member of Congress
Dr. France A. Córdova, Director
National Science Foundation
Dear Director Córdova,
We are writing in support of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) proposed reforms regarding sexual harassment, in light of the National Academies report released last week,
Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
As this report pointed out, sexual harassment harms scientific research when women are unable to work in an environment that is supportive of their ideas and contributions to the field. We strongly believe that harassment must be treated just like any other
research misconduct to protect research integrity and foster an environment that is conducive to productive and fruitful research. We are highly concerned that sexual harassment represents a serious and dangerous barrier to the important contribution women
make to scientific research. We are also concerned about the disproportionate burden that sexual harassment places on women of color and LGBTQ scientists.
We are pleased to see that the NSF recently proposed policies to require institutions to notify the NSF of findings of harassment by personnel on new grants and the institution’s response to those findings. The National Academies report recommends that institutions
should “report to federal agencies when individuals on grants have been found to have violated sexual harassment policies or have been put on administrative leave related to sexual harassment.” We wholeheartedly support these recommendations.
We encourage the NSF to swiftly implement and enforce these proposals. NSF-funded institutions should not only comply with reporting requirements, but they should also act in the spirit of these polices to ensure that everyone has access to a work and educational
environment that is free of harassment.
Please keep us updated on the progress of these policies. We look forward to continuing to work with you to strengthen the NSF’s exceptional work and ensure that every scientist can work without the burden of harassment.
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