Last night, our Board of Governors approved the Academy's Standards of Conduct, a statement of values that we expect our members to uphold.
"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, led by board member David Rubin, dedicated "many hours of research and discussion to drafting this document and evaluating future steps", with help from academics and experts in sexual harassment, law, ethics, business and human resources.
She said they met with the Television Academy and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and also reviewed the codes of conduct of other organizations, including the American Film Institute and UCLA. This comes in the wake of the flood of sexual misconduct allegations that have been plaguing the industry of late. Since then, similar allegations have been made against several other Academy members, most notably two-time Oscar victor Kevin Spacey.
"Much remains to be done", Hudson writes in the letter. The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously. This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership.
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.
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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. The Academy asks that members embrace their responsibility to affirm these principles and act when these principles are violated.
It warns that those who "abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates" their standard of decency, they could face disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion.
"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", it added.
The academy board of governors in October held an emergency meeting to expel Weinstein, once an Oscar kingmaker.
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