[ASA] Revision of the ASA Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethics

Stuart Wyithe swyithe at unimelb.edu.au
Fri May 31 16:53:03 AEST 2019

Dear ASA members,
It is the policy of the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) that all participants in its activities are able to enjoy an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, and that its members conduct themselves appropriately during all professional activities. As part of our ongoing commitment to this policy, the ASA Council has recently revised the ASA Code of Conduct<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/OX4VCBNZwLi5o1qAUzYCjn?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au> and Statement of Ethics<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/tGE8CD1jy9tlP1pMI5m9Ph?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au> documents. The revised Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethics apply to all participants at ASA endorsed meetings or activities, and to ASA members at all astronomical meetings or activities.
The ASA Council has also instituted a new process by which potential breaches of the Code of Conduct or Statement of Ethics can be reported. This process is outlined in the new document Handling of Potential Breaches of the ASA Statement of Ethics and Code of Conduct<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/3qjGCE8kz9t5PmynUp7SwU?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au>. Council has also convened a new Ethics and Conduct Committee (ECC)<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/g7A3CGvmB5i5gmnqUQOjwS?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au>. The ECC is charged with oversight of the ASA Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethics as well as handling of potential breaches. Whilst we hope that these new processes will not be needed, it is the ASA Council's view that a defined process for reporting and action is required to ensure that the values and behaviour enshrined in the Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethics are maintained.
ASA members are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the new documents, which may be found on the ASA web pages at https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/kyAYCJyp0qhEXROyUvmBWX?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au<https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/kyAYCJyp0qhEXROyUvmBWX?domain=asa.astronomy.org.au>.
Best regards,
(ASA President)
Stuart Wyithe | Head, School of Physics
School of Physics | Faculty of Science
Room 104, David Caro Building 192
The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010 Australia
T: +61 3 8344 5420 and +61 3 8344 5083
E: swyithe at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:swyithe at unimelb.edu.au>

Shirley Els | Executive Assistant - Head, School of Physics
T: +61 3 8344 5453   E: shirley.els at unimelb.edu.au<mailto:shirley.els at unimelb.edu.au>

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