In response to the dozens of individuals coming forward accusing those within the industry of sexual misconduct, a new set of standards has been issue by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. On Wednesday, the Academy sent out a letter to its members that established a standard of conduct, which was approved by the organization’s Board of Governors. According to Variety, the letter was created by a “specially-formed task force” who created the letter with the help of experts.
The letter emphasizes the importance of “upholding the Academy’s values,” such as inclusion, fostering supportive environments, and the “respect for human dignity.” The letter adds:
“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. 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 letter warns that anyone who violates any of the established standards could face disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. The Academy has already revoked producer Harvey Weinstein’s membership, after dozens of women have accused him of sexual assault.
Academy just sent a note to members saying its board approved the attached code of conduct. Allegations of noncompliance will be handled through a process that will not be unveiled/determined until next year. Process will “guide” Academy on whether allegations “warrant action” pic.twitter.com/3zxrJvfwC6
— Brooks Barnes (@brooksbarnesNYT) December 7, 2017