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An ad hoc committee under the oversight of Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) will undertake a study of the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce.
Please contact us at SHstudy@nas.edu or contact the study director, Frazier Benya at fbenya@nas.edu.

PROJECT SCOPE

The study scope will include the following: 
  • Review of the research on the extent to which women in the fields of science, engineering, and medicine are victimized by sexual harassment on college and university campuses, in research labs and field sites; at hospitals/medical centers; and in other academic environments; 
  • Examination of existing information on the extent to which sexual harassment in academia negatively impacts the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women pursuing scientific, engineering, technical, and medical careers, with comparative evidence drawn from other sectors, such as the military, government, and the private sector. 
  • Identification and analysis of policies, strategies and practices that have been the most successful in preventing and addressing sexual harassment in these settings. 
For purposes of this study, the definition of sexual harassment includes unwanted sexual advances and requests for sexual favors and other unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature, as well as those situations in which the work or study environment is made intimidating or offensive as a result of actions that are gender-based and that interfere with an individual’s academic or work performance, opportunities for advancement, and morale. 

The committee will issue a consensus report at the conclusion of the study.

PUBLIC COMMENT

If you have resources you would like to share with the committee, you can do so by submitting your comment to the project e-mail at SHstudy@nas.edu.

Any comments or material you submit to the committee, including your name and identifying information, will be listed in the Public Access File for the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, in compliance with Section 15 of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). By submitting comments, you acknowledge and agree that the National Academies will be authorized to use any such comments or submissions in the committee’s report or related materials in accordance with the institution’s Terms of Use Statement, which includes the granting of a Nonexclusive License.

SPONSORS

HHMI
Henry Luce Foundation
NASA
NIH
NIST
NOAA
NSF 
Burroughs Wellcome Fund