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No New NIH Harassment-Related Requirements?

NIH is undertaking a number of initiatives to prevent and address sexual and other types of harassment when they occur on the agency’s campuses. But when it comes to NIH-supported investigators who are alleged perpetrators or targets of harassment, NIH will not be involved except when required, Larry Tabak, NIH principal deputy director, recently told members of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of NIH. The ACD is the agency’s highest ranking external consultative panel.

That didn’t sit too well with at least one ACD member and another participant on an unrelated NIH working group who was in attendance during Tabak’s remarks. NIH’s approach contrasts with the strategy taken by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which has proposed a new award term and condition that explicitly deals with harassment and imposes new reporting requirements for awardee institutions.

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