Integrated Statistics Sexual Harassment Policy

If you feel that you are harassed in the work place, please submit a written description of the incident to Dr. Laura Shulman, 16 Sumner Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543.

Once the description is submitted we will take steps to contact the people involved and resolve differences and/or issues.

Integrated Statistics is committed to maintaining a positive working environment. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation. In pursuit of these goals, Integrated Statistics will not tolerate acts of sexual harassment or related retaliation against or by any employee. This Policy (1) provides a general definition of sexual harassment and related retaliation; (2) prohibits sexual harassment and related retaliation; and (3) sets out procedures to follow when an employee believes a violation of the Policy has occurred. It is also a violation of this Policy for anyone acting knowingly and recklessly either to make a false complaint of sexual harassment or to provide false information regarding a complaint.

It is intended that individuals who violate this Policy be disciplined or subjected to corrective action, up to and including termination.

For Integrated Statistics employees supporting NOAA, also see Integrated Statistics Workplace Harassment Training.




A. Obligation to Report

In order to take appropriate corrective action, Laura Shulman must be aware of sexual harassment or related retaliation. Therefore, anyone who believes that s/he has experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or related retaliation should promptly report such behavior to her.

B. Supervisor's Obligation to Report

Any supervisor who experiences, witnesses or receives a written or oral report or complaint of sexual harassment or related retaliation shall promptly report it to Laura Shulman.

C. Investigation Process

  1. Reports or complaints under this Policy shall be addressed and resolved as promptly as practicable after the complaint or report is made. Ordinarily, investigations shall be concluded and reports submitted to the reviewing committee no later than 90 days following the receipt of a complaint. It is Laura Shulman’s responsibility to determine the most appropriate means for addressing the report or complaint. Options include: 1) investigating the report or complaint in accordance with paragraph C.3. below, 2) with the agreement of the parties, attempting to resolve the report or complaint through a form of alternative dispute resolution (e.g., mediation), or 3) determining that the facts of the complaint or report, even if true, would not constitute a violation of this Policy. Laura Shulman may designate another individual (either from within Integrated Statistics, or from outside) to conduct or assist with the investigation or to manage an alternative dispute resolution process. Outside investigators shall have training, qualifications and experience as well, in the judgment of Laura Shulman, facilitate the investigation.

  2. All reports or complaints shall be made as promptly as feasible after the occurrence. (A delay in reporting may be reasonable under some circumstances, as determined on a case-by-case basis. An unreasonable delay in reporting, however, is an appropriate consideration in evaluating the merits of a complaint or report.)
  3. If an investigation is conducted: The complainant and the respondent shall have the right to:
    1. Receive written notice of the report or complaint, including a statement of the allegations, as soon after the commencement of the investigation as is practicable and to the extent permitted by law
    2. Present relevant information to the investigator(s); and
    3. Receive, at the conclusion of the investigation and appropriate review, a copy of the investigator's report, to the extent permitted by law.