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Resources Related to the NSF's Harassment Notification Requirements

The following are some of the resources related to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault. 

  • MSU Memo to Deans, Directors, Chairpersons, and Faculty
  • MSU’s process for NSF’s reporting requirements
  • Flowchart overviews of NSF reporting of administrative action related to allegations
  • NSF webpage with information on this topic
  • Important Notice No. 144 - NSF Website 
  • NSF Title IX Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • NSF Harassment Notification Requirements FAQs
  • Federal Register (full version).  Excerpted paragraphs below:

    The awardee is required to notify NSF of: (1) Any finding/determination regarding the PI or any co-PI[1]  that demonstrates a violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault; and/or (2) if the PI or any co-PI is placed on administrative leave or if any administrative action has been imposed on the PI or any co-PI by the awardee relating to any finding/determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault[2].  Such notification must be submitted by the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) to NSF’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion at www.nsf.gov/harassment within ten business days from the date of the finding/ determination, or the date of the placement of a PI or co-PI by the awardee on administrative leave or the imposition of an administrative action, whichever is sooner[3]. Each notification must include the following information:

    • NSF Award Number;
    • Name of PI or co-PI being reported[4];
    • Type of Notification:
      • Select one of the following:
        • Finding/Determination that the reported individual has been found to have violated awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault; or
        • Placement by the awardee of the reported individual on administrative leave or the imposition of any administrative action on the PI or any co-PI by the awardee relating to any finding/determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of awardee policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault.
      • Description of the finding/determination and action(s) taken, if any; and
      • Reason(s) for, and conditions of, placement of the PI or any co-PI on administrative leave or imposition of administrative action.
 

[1] If a co-PI is affiliated with a subawardee organization, the Authorized Organizational Representative of the subawardee must provide the requisite information directly to NSF, as instructed in this paragraph.

[2] Awardee findings/determinations and placement of a PI or co-PI on administrative leave or the imposition of an administrative action must be conducted in accordance with organizational policies and processes. They also must be conducted in accordance with federal laws, regulations, and executive orders.

[3] Such notification must be provided regardless of whether the behavior leading to the finding/ determination, or placement on administrative leave, or the imposition of an administrative action occurred while the PI or co-PI was carrying out award activities.

[4] Only the identification of the PI or co-PI is required. Personally identifiable information regarding any complainants or other individuals involved in the matter must not be included in the notification.

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