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NASA warns grantees on harassment

NASA administrator Charles Bolden has written a strongly-worded letter urging the agency's grantees to review their policies in the wake of the harassment scandals that have rocked astronomy.

In his letter Bolden reminded institutions in receipt of NASA grants that sexual harassment and discrimination would not be accepted. The move follows a spate of high-profile sexual harassment incidents in astronomy: A California Institute of Technology professor was recently suspended for a year, while a prominent University of California, Berkeley, astronomer took early retirement in October 2015.

“Let me be perfectly clear: NASA does not tolerate sexual harassment, and nor should any organization seriously committed to workplace equality, diversity and inclusion. Science is for everyone and any behavior that demeans or discourages people from fully participating is unacceptable,” Bolden wrote in his letter, which was sent to colleges and universities with agency-funded programs.

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