Academy sets new 'standards of conduct' amid Weinstein fallout

Angelo Anderson
December 7, 2017

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved the Standards of Conduct for its members after the sexual harassment scandal involving Harvey Weinstein came into light. After launching a task force led by Academy Officer Governor David Rubin, the Academy has met with consultants from Ivy League institutions and human resources experts to discuss ethics, business, philosophy and law, and reviewed codes of conduct from UCLA and AFI in order to construct their own code.

The task force was created after the Academy also made a decision to expel mega-producer Harvey Weinstein following several allegations of sexual abuse and harassment.

According to the Los Angeles Times, which has seen the email, it says: "There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognised standards of decency".

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

Recipients included stars such as Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg.

The Academy also reiterated their stand on all forms of abuse, harassment, and discrimination and said that they will not tolerate any of it. "The task force will finalise procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously..."

Dawn Hudson, chief executive of the Academy said that the new standards will represent a first step in ensuring that all of their members live up to the group's values. This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership.

Should any member violate these standards or compromise the integrity of the Academy, as determined by the board, "the Board of Governors may take any disciplinary action permitted by the Academy's Bylaws, including suspension or expulsion". They will also be the ones to decide what action they should impose thereafter.

Weinstein, 65, has apologised for some aspects of his behaviour but insisted that any sexual contacts he had were consensual, and he denies accusations of criminal sexual harassment, rape and sexual assault. All three are still members of the Academy.

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