March 11, 2020

NASA Requirements for Reporting Harassment

On March 10, 2020, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration published its new grant term and condition regarding grantee obligations for reporting harassment in the Federal Register: Reporting Requirements Regarding Findings of Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault.

Upon implementation, the new term and condition will require UC Berkeley to report to NASA any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault regarding a NASA funded principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI.

The new term and condition will also require the recipient to report to NASA if the PI or Co-I is placed on administrative leave or if the recipient has imposed any administrative action on the PI or Co-I, or any determination or an investigation of an alleged violation of the recipient’s policies or codes of conduct, statutes, regulations, or executive orders relating to sexual harassment,other forms of harassment, or sexual assault. Finally, the new term and condition specifies the procedures that will be followed by NASA upon receipt of a report.

This is similar to what is required now by the National Science Foundation.