National Science Foundation Notification Requirements for Harassment or Sexual Assault

The National Science Foundation has announced a policy regarding new reporting requirements regarding sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, and sexual assault.  This policy will require The University of Tulsa, an NSF awardee institution, to notify NSF of the following conditions:

  • Any findings of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault by NSF­ funded Principal Investigators (“PI”) and Co-Principal Investigators (“Co-PI”); and
  • 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.

This policy applies to all new NSF awards and continuing funding increments issued on or after October 31, 2018.  Reporting is required even if the indicated actions occurred outside the scope of the NSF award.   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.

The full announcement of this policy, reporting requirements, and additional policy information can be found on the on the NSF Sexual Harassment website.

The University of Tulsa strives for a safe environment free of fear, harassment, and violence. One way the University does this is by creating and enacting policies and procedures intended to set and maintain the high standards of the institution, the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors, and providing a means for holding perpetrators of these acts of violence and harassment accountable while respecting the rights and needs of survivors. Information related to TU’s polices and state/federal law can be found here and here.

Questions regarding this NSF policy may be directed to Debbie Newton, Director of Research and Sponsored Programs.