NSF/NIH Compliance Policies
CSUF does not tolerate sexual assault or harassment of any form. This applies to all CSUF activities occurring on-campus or off-site. The National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation have taken additional precautions to ensure institutions receiving funded research provide a safe learning environment and are free from sexual assault and other forms of harassment. To also comply with NIH and NSF policies on funded research, the CSUF Research Compliance office has outlined the sponsor's expectations and implemented the following CSUF guidelines.
NIH/NSF | Policy for Reporting of Harassment or Sexual Assult
Effective October 21, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) requires all awardee organizations to notify NSF of any findings/determinations of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment or sexual assault by any NSF-funded Primary Investigator (PI) or co-PI. It is NSF policy that all personnel supported by an NSF award must conduct themselves in a responsible and accountable manner during the award performance period, whether at the awardee institution, on-line, or outside the organization, such as at field sites or facilities, or during conferences and workshops.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also recently reinforced similar policies, guidelines, requirements, and communications to make its expectations clear to the NIH workforce and NIH-funded organizations, and to take appropriate actions within their authority. NIH strives to ensure that individuals know their rights, where to report incidents of sexual harassment, and the resources available to them.
NSF | Safe and Inclusive Off Campus Workplace Environments
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced in 2023 that, effective January 30, 2023, if a Principal Investigator (PI) submits a new or renewal proposal, the NSF will require the PI to take an additional step when engaging in off-campus and/or off-site research activities, and the AOR must complete a certification that the organization has a plan in place for that proposal that describes how the following types of behaviors are addressed:
- Abuse of any person, including, but not limited to, harassment, stalking, bullying, or hazing of any kind, whether the behavior is carried out verbally, physically, electronically, or in written form; or
- Conduct that is unwelcome, offensive, indecent, obscene, or disorderly
This plan should also identify steps the proposing organization will take to nurture an inclusive-off-campus or off-site working environment. Please refer to the NSF PAPPG Chapter II.E.9 Safe and Inclusive Working Environments for Off-Campus or Off-Site Research .