Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment: Working Group Report-NIH

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Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment: Working Group report to the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD)
December 2019

Recommendations for addressing sexual harassment in NIH extramural grant programs: The Advisory Committee on Changing the Culture to End Sexual Harassment recently released its final report and recommendations to the director. Many of the recommendations are connected to ongoing work within the Action Collaborative; if enacted, these recommendations may require change to policies and practices at NIH-funded institutions. This includes, but is not limited to, publicizing outcomes of investigations and informing targets/affected individuals of the outcome of an investigation while protecting the identity of the target (Recommendation 1.2); requiring all new faculty hires to attest that they do not have findings of professional misconduct (including sexual harassment) and/or authorize reference checks (Recommendation 1.6); providing resources and support to targets (Recommendation 2.1); and requiring training for mentor/mentee relationships (Recommendation 3.3).