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Updated AGU Ethics Policy Available for Member Comment – EOS (Billy M. Williams | March 2017)

 


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Proposed new language identifies harassment as a form of scientific misconduct.

When the American Geophysical Union (AGU) charged a panel last June with reviewing the organization’s ethics policy and practices, then AGU President Margaret Leinen asked the team to focus on harassment and work climate issues in the Earth and space sciences. Now AGU’s Task Force on Scientific Ethics has completed its charge and is seeking feedback from AGU members on updates it is recommending to AGU’s Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy.

National research integrity codes often explicitly exclude matters such as harassment, but as recent cases have highlighted harassment can often be a big part of research integrity cases and its effects can be the most toxic.

The current policy is silent on the important issue of harassment and other types of negative behavior such as discrimination and bullying. With the updates, AGU would extend the ethics policy to members in general, rather than only to volunteers and to participants during meetings, as it currently applies.
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“Member feedback during AGU town halls made it clear that we needed to update our ethics policy so that it better fosters a culture of diversity and inclusion,” said Eric Davidson, who became AGU President in January. “AGU believes the Earth and space science community should be a safe and welcoming environment for individuals of all backgrounds. We’re now taking a strong stance by addressing this topic of harassment directly in the AGU Ethics policy.”
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