Washington Update

FASEB Issues Organizational Statement against Harassment

By: Yvette Seger
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Building on momentum from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine report, “Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,” and changes in grant application and award policies at the National Science Foundation  and National Institutes of Health, the FASEB Board of Directors issued an organizational statement condemning discriminatory behavior, sexual or verbal harassment, intimidation, or assault at FASEB facilities, during FASEB-sponsored or managed events, or among staff, volunteers, or other attendees.

“The FASEB Board of Directors is committed to providing safe and collaborative environments throughout all of the Federation’s venues,” said FASEB President James M. Musser, MD, PhD. “We are pleased to go on record with this public statement and will continue to be vigilant in addressing this important concern.”

While participant codes of conduct and anti-harassment policies exist for FASEB-sponsored events such as the Science Research Conferences, and FASEB-managed events such as the Experimental Biology annual conference, the statement extends these expectations to all aspects of the Federation’s activities.