About the Society Governance Documents Society Sexual Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the society that all members are responsible for ensuring that the SVP community is free from sexual harassment in all communications and during the annual conference. The society strongly disapproves of offensive or inappropriate sexual behavior at the annual conference and during any in person or virtual society functions and/or communications. All members should avoid any action or conduct which could be viewed as sexual harassment. Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexually harassing nature, when: (1) submission to the harassment is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of a society community professional relationship; (2) submission to or rejection of the harassment is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting the individual; or (3) the harassment has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s professional standing or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Acts of harassment will not be tolerated in relation to the giving of awards and grants, fundraising, acceptance of abstracts, handling of manuscripts, or any other society activity. Any member who has a complaint of sexual harassment by another member should first clearly inform the harasser that his/her behavior is offensive or unwelcome and request that the behavior stop. If the behavior continues, the member must immediately bring the matter to the attention of the society’s ethics committee (chaired by the current Vice President). If the Vice President is involved in the harassing activity, the violation should be reported to the President. If the activity does not cease, the accused individual may be dismissed from the membership of the society.