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February 10, 2016

Contact Name: Jeff Martin, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Contact Phone: 571-483-1163

AAA Has Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

Everyone has the right to work in a safe and productive workplace. As a scholarly and professional association, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic, professional, fieldwork, conferences, or any other settings where our members are at work.  Any behavior that contributes to a hostile work climate or constitutes an unwanted sexual advance is a serious violation of professional responsibilities, and should be regarded and treated as such by all members of our profession.

The AAA Statement on Ethics: Code of Professional Responsibility sets out our clear expectation that anthropologists "...have a responsibility to maintain respectful relationships with others. In mentoring students, interacting with colleagues, working with clients, acting as a reviewer or evaluator, or supervising staff, anthropologists should comport themselves in ways that promote an equitable, supportive and sustainable workplace environment."

We expect employers and institutions to investigate and report incidents of sexual harassment, and to follow their specific anti-harassment policies and processes. While sexual harassment is an issue that affects men and women alike, women bear the greatest burden of these incidents. The AAA has a long-term commitment to monitoring the status of women in anthropology through the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology.

The AAA will continue to serve as a “safe zone” and provide its members with resources and relevant information on this issue whenever and wherever it is needed.

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