Washington, DC –Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) reintroduced the Federal Funding Accountability for Sexual Harassers Act (FFASHA) to target rampant discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment, in academia. The bill was cosponsored by Reps. Bobby Rush (IL-01), Ann McLane Kuster (NH-02), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), and Madeleine Dean (PA-04).

“Universities and research institutions represent the best of our nation: our drive for knowledge and excellence, and our commitment to creating a brighter future. Yet for decades, the upper echelons of academia have betrayed faculty, staff, and students by failing to meaningfully prevent and address sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination,” Rep. Speier said. “The evidence clearly shows that sexual harassment drives women out of the fields they love, contributes to the horrendous gender gap in the sciences, degrades research integrity, and ultimately deprives our nation of great talent. Yet policies addressing discrimination remain intentionally opaque and designed to protect institutions and grant-earning harassers instead of survivors. Nobody should be denied their chance to reach for the stars because someone else reached for their body.”

FFASHA would require educational institutions to report substantiated findings of discrimination on the basis of sex to all federal agencies that awarded institution grants over the previous 10 years and to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. It would also direct agencies to take these reports into consideration when making funding decisions and provide them with the explicit authority to condition a grant on the removal of a principle investigator who has engaged in discrimination on the basis of sex.

Click here for a copy of the bill text.

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