Academy Board Approves "Standards Of Conduct" For Members: Read The Letter

Academy Board Approves “Standards Of Conduct” For Members: Read The Letter

Academy Board Approves “Standards Of Conduct” For Members: Read The Letter

On Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors approved new "standards of conduct" for members amid the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

In the months since reports in The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed Weinstein's serial sexual predation, the entertainment industry has grappled with how to respond to the cascade of sexual abuse allegations and underlying systemic issues.

Much remains to be done.

According to the letter, Governor and Academy Officer David Rubin led a "task force" of members as they researched and drafted the document after consulting with "professors of ethics, business, philosophy, and law from Georgetown, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Stanford, as well as experts in human resources and sexual harassment". This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership. There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognized standards of decency. Nothing has been said about whether members such as Kevin Spacey will keep their membership.

It's unclear how the academy's new procedures will affect members who have previously faced accusations of sexual assault, including Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby. The task force also consulted with other film organizations, including the American Film Institute and Film Independent.

Academy CEOAcademy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers.

It warns that those who "abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates" their standard of decency, they could face disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. The Academy asks that members embrace their responsibility to affirm these principles and act when these principles are violated. The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality.

The academy board of governors in October held an emergency meeting to expel Weinstein, once an Oscar kingmaker.

"If any member is found by the Board of Governors to have violated these standards or to have compromised the integrity of the Academy by their actions, the Board of Governors may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy's Bylaws, including suspension or expulsion".

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