Below is a reminder to update you on two policies related to research:
The first of these is the recent NSF Policy and award requirement on “Notification Requirements Regarding Sexual Harassment, Other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault.” This requires the university to inform the NSF of:
Any findings or determinations that an NSF-funded principal investigator or co-principal investigator committed harassment, including sexual harassment or sexual assault.
The placement of the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on administrative leave, or of the imposition of any administrative action relating to a harassment or sexual assault finding or investigation.
NSF will consult with the awardee organization, and determine what action is necessary under NSF's authority. NSF actions may include substituting or removing principal investigators or co-principal investigators, reducing award funding, and -- where neither of those options is available or adequate -- suspending or terminating awards. For more information, see https://www.nsf.gov/od/odi/harassment.jsp and especially the recently updated Sexual Harassment FAQ (PDF).
The second concerns the possession or use of marijuana, including but not limited to use in research. Despite recent changes in Massachusetts law, this remains prohibited on campus or on university-owned or controlled property, except under the conditions described in the legal alert from the Office of General Counsel (PDF).
Please consult the Office of Research Compliance, Melinda Lelacheur (email@example.com), with any questions on these policies.
Thank you for your attention to our compliance requirements which are an important component of our relationship with our federal funding partners.