June 12, 2018
In September 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Integrative Activities funded the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to conduct a study on the prevalence and impact of sexual harassment in science, engineering and medical departments and programs. The results of that study are now publicly available in a new report, Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. NSF Director France Córdova issued the following statement:
To fix a problem, we first must understand it. That's why, nearly two years ago, the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the most comprehensive examination to date of sexual harassment in academic sciences, engineering and medicine. Eliminating sexual harassment in research is an NSF priority, as each occurrence diminishes people, damages careers and weakens the integrity of the entire scientific enterprise. Sexual harassment negatively impacts diversity and inclusion, discouraging prospective participants in science. A safe environment, on the other hand, allows everyone to thrive and excel.
The new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine brings together -- for the first time -- behavioral research on types of sexual harassment and their prevalence, data on legal and policy mechanisms, and new approaches for changing the climate and culture in higher education. Meaningful, systemic change in STEM fields is the goal. The report outlines both the significant opportunities and challenges ahead.
At all levels of NSF, we are committed to doing our part in preventing harassment and improving accountability by proposing new award term and condition requirements. As a major funder of this report, NSF emphasizes its commitment to a more inclusive STEM culture and climate -- one free of harassment.
NSF Releases Report: Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
June 12, 2018