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AAAS adopts new policy for ejecting harassers

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Science  21 Sep 2018:
Vol. 361, Issue 6408, pp. 1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.361.6408.1175

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On 15 September, the governing council of AAAS (publisher of Science), unanimously adopted a policy on sexual harassment and other misconduct by scientists who have been elected as AAAS fellows. Starting on 15 October, fellows who have been found by an outside body to have violated professional ethics—which are defined as including sexual harassment—may be stripped of the prestigious honor. The new policy will allow any AAAS member to request revocation of a fellow's title for breaches that range from harassment to scientific misconduct, like fabricating results. But AAAS will require proof in the form of investigative reports or announcements by institutions, organizations, or government agencies.