H.R. 2695, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act
Bill Status: Passed the House as part of the America COMPETES Act
Last Action: February 4, 2022
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This bill addresses sexual harassment and gender harassment in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields by supporting research regarding such harassment and efforts to prevent and respond to such harassment.
(Sec. 4) This bill directs the National Science Foundation (NSF) to award grants to institutions of higher education or nonprofit organizations (or their consortia) to
- expand research into sexual harassment and gender harassment in the STEM workforce, including students and trainees; and
- examine interventions for reducing the incidence and negative consequences of such harassment.
(Sec. 5) The NSF must convene a working group composed of representatives of federal statistical agencies to develop questions on sexual harassment and gender harassment in STEM departments in order to gather national data on the prevalence, nature, and implications of such harassment in institutions of higher education.
(Sec. 6) The NSF shall enter into agreements with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to (1) update a responsible conduct guide issued by the National Academies to include, among other things, updated professional standards of conduct in research and evidence-based practices for fostering a climate that is intolerant of sexual harassment and gender harassment; and (2) study the influence of such harassment in institutions of higher education on the career advancement of individuals in the STEM workforce.
(Sec. 7) The National Science and Technology Council shall establish an interagency working group to coordinate the federal science agencies' efforts to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment and gender harassment involving grant personnel.
The Office of Science and Technology Policy must develop a uniform set of policy guidelines for such agencies to prevent and respond to reports of sexual harassment and gender harassment.
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American Mathematical Society
American Physical Society
American Political Science Association
American Society for Engineering Education
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Student Assembly
Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions
Consortium of Social Science Associations
Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
National Postdoctoral Association
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graduate Student Council
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
Society of Women Engineers
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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