On January 1, 2019, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Chairwoman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, introduced a bill in response to the National Academies Report on sexual harassment in academic science, engineering and medicine, and which a number of Societies Consortium Members endorsed on their own behalf. The proposed legislation would, among other things, fund grant programs to understand factors that contribute to, the consequences of, and interventions that work to prevent sexual harassment, and collect national data on the prevalence, nature, and implications of harassment in higher education.
The Committee on Science, Space and Technology held a hearing on the bill on June 12, 2019. Dr. Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University was one of four witnesses. Dr. Morrison serves on the Advisory Council of the Societies Consortium. Additionally, Dr. Shirley Malcolm – AAAS Senior Advisor to the President, Director of SEA Change, and Co-Vice Chair of the Societies Consortium Executive Committee – also testified in front of the Committee. Click here for a link to the proceedings.
- The House Committee, on July 12, reported the bill out favorably with a recommendation it be passed, see https://www.congress.gov/congressional-report/116th-congress/house-report/153.
- On July 23, the House, under suspension of the rules, passed the bill by voice vote.
- The bill now awaits consideration by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee.