Academy Board of Governors Approves Standards of Conduct

Brunilde Fioravanti
Dicembre 7, 2017

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, will hold members to a code of conduct in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent figures in the movie industry.

After investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein, the Academys 54-member board of governors had ousted him with immediate effect at an emergency session.

"Much remains to be done", Hudson wrote. According to Variety, the letter was created by a "specially-formed task force" that crafted the statement after consulting with various experts.

"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", it said. The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously. They also met with the Television Academy and BAFTA and reviewed other codes of conduct from similar organizations. This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership. Nothing has been said about whether members such as Kevin Spacey will keep their membership.

Failing to abide by "the Academy's values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity" could result in punishment, "including suspension or expulsion" from Hollywood's de facto governing organization, Hudson said.

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 Academy asks that members embrace their responsibility to affirm these principles and act when these principles are violated. The Board of Governors believes that these standards are essential to the Academy's mission and reflective of our values.

"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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