Harassment and Discriminations Protections

The University of South Alabama is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment in which students, faculty, staff and guests are free from all forms of harassment and sexual misconduct.  The University’s policies prohibit such harassment and misconduct and apply to all members of the University community.   All members of the University community are responsible for helping to ensure a community free of such prohibited conduct.

The University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, including sexual harassment, age, disability, and citizenship. The University also prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. The University is committed to protecting individuals from retaliation who participate or engage in protected activities.

The University’s Human Resource Office and/or Title IX Office is charged with the investigation and resolution of complaints regarding employment discrimination, harassment, or retaliation prohibited by law or University policy.

Harassment and Discrimination Protections: NIH Training Grant Applications 

Effective January 25, 2019, applications for NIH institutional training grants (T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TL4) must include a letter on institutional letterhead signed by a key institutional leader describing the institution’s policy on harassment and assault.  This letter to ensure that proper policies, procedures, and oversight are in place to prevent discriminatory harassment and other discriminatory practices.  Combine all Letters of Support into a single PDF file.

See full NIH policy notice here: NOT-OD-19-029

See the University’s Harassment Policy Letter

NSF Notification Requirements Regarding Harassment

Implementation of NSF’s Notification Requirements Regarding Harassment and Sexual Assault

Contact: Please direct questions concerning this procedure to Dusty Layton, Executive Director, Office of Research Compliance and Assurance. dlayton@southalabama.edu

Effective October 22, 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF) published a final rule regarding award term and condition entitled “Notification Requirements Regarding Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault’.   That term and condition requires the University to notify NSF promptly of findings of “sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault” against an NSF-funded principal investigator or co-PI, as well as interim administrative actions imposed by the University.  This rule applies to new NSF awards and funding amendments to existing awards.

The purpose of this implementation procedure is to inform the University community, especially NSF-funded investigators, how the University expects to implement this expanded and formalized agency notification requirement.  

Currently, this procedure addresses NSF reporting only.  It is anticipated that additional funding agencies or organizations may adopt reporting notification requirements similar to the NSF.  The University may update this procedure as necessary to address such additional notification requirements.

See University’s policy on National Science Foundation Requirements on Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, and Sexual Assault.

Harassment and Discrimination Protections:  NSF Sponsored Conference

The University has zero tolerance for hostile and harassing conduct while attending University related or sponsored activities off University premises.  Persons founds to be in violation of the University harassment policies will be subject to disciplinary action.  If any employee believes that he/she is or has been the subject of any form of harassment, contact the University Human Resources Office immediately. 

Effective January 28, 2019, NSF’s Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) requires conference proposers to have a policy or code-of-conduct that addresses sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault, and that includes clear and accessible means of reporting violations of the policy or code-of-conduct. This policy or code-of-conduct must be disseminated to conference participants prior to attendance at the conference as well as made available at the conference itself. 

Those considering hosting or organizing an NSF-funded conference should contact Sponsored Projects Administration for additional information and support in the development of the required policy or code-of-conduct.

See NSF PAPPG 19-1

NSF Related Information

NSF, Notification Requirements Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault, 83 Fed. Reg. 47,940 (Sept. 21, 2018) (Final Notice)

NSF’s Sexual Harassment Website

NSF, Term and Condition:  Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault (includes FAQs)

NIH Related Information

NIH Anti-Sexual Harassment

NIH Office of Extramural Research’s Anti-Sexual Harassment