ASA’s Executive Council has adopted a Meetings Harassment Policy

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Statement of Policy

It is the policy of the Acoustical Society of America that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional society, ASA is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas. In pursuit of that ideal, ASA is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members regardless of any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of Society meetings. Violators of this policy will be subject to discipline.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment refers to unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Behavior and language that are welcome/acceptable to one person may be unwelcome/offensive to another. Consequently, individuals must use discretion to ensure that their words and actions communicate respect for others. This is especially important for those in positions of authority since individuals with lower rank or status may be reluctant to express their objections or discomfort regarding unwelcome behavior.

Sexual harassment does not refer to occasional compliments of a socially acceptable nature. It refers to behavior that is not welcome, is personally offensive, debilitates morale, and therefore interferes with work effectiveness. The following are examples of behavior that, when unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment: sexual flirtations, advances, or propositions; verbal comments or physical actions of a sexual nature; sexually degrading words used to describe an individual; a display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; sexually explicit jokes; unnecessary touching.

Definition of Other Harassment

Harassment on the basis of any other protected characteristic is also strictly prohibited. This conduct includes, but is not limited to the following: epithets, slurs, or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating, or hostile acts; denigrating jokes and display or circulation of written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group.

Definition of Discrimination

Discrimination refers to a bias or prejudice resulting in denial of opportunity or unfair treatment regarding selection, promotion, or transfer. Discrimination is practiced commonly on the grounds of age, disability, ethnicity, origin, political belief, race, religion, sex, i.e., factors which are irrelevant to a person’s competence or suitability.

Definition of Retaliation

Retaliation refers to taking some action to negatively impact another based on their reporting an act of discrimination or harassment.

Scope of Policy

This policy applies to all attendees at Society activities, including scientists, students, guests, staff, contractors, and exhibitors, participating in the scientific sessions, tours, and social events of any ASA meeting or other activity.

Reporting the Incident

This policy covers first – person incidents only.

Any individual covered by this policy who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment should contact the ASA President, Executive Director or other ASA Officer. Other ASA Officers include: President‐Elect, Vice President, Vice President Elect, Treasurer, Editor‐in‐Chief, Standards Director. The list of ASA Officers can be found here. The individual reporting the incident is not required nor expected to discuss the concern with the alleged offender. All complaints will be treated seriously and will be investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent possible as long as the rights of others are not compromised.

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The Investigation

Once a report is received, the Executive Director will inform the President (or other Officer if the complaint involves the President). The Executive Director will oversee the conduct of the investigation which may be conducted by the Executive Director, other appropriate staff, legal counsel, or an external consultant.

In most cases, the complainant will be interviewed first and the written complaint reviewed. If the complainant has not already filed a formal written complaint, he or she will be asked to do so.

The details of the complaint should be provided to the alleged offender by the investigator.

The alleged offender should be given a reasonable opportunity to respond to the evidence of the complainant and to provide his or her own evidence.

If the facts are in dispute, further investigatory steps may include interviewing those named as witnesses.

If, for any reason, the investigator is in doubt about whether or how to continue, he or she will seek counsel from the President or Executive Director.

When the investigation is complete, the investigator will report the findings to the President and Executive Director, along with a recommendation for further action.

Retaliation is Prohibited

ASA will not tolerate any form of retaliation against persons who file a complaint or assist in the investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, will be subject to disciplinary action.

Disciplinary Action

Individuals engaging in behavior prohibited by this policy as well as those making allegations of harassment in bad faith will be subject to disciplinary action. Such actions range from a verbal warning to ejection from the meeting or activity in question without refund of registration fees and the reporting of their behavior to their employer. Repeat offenders may be subject to further disciplinary action, such as being banned from participating in future Society meetings or other activities.

Appeal & Questions

In the event that the individual who reported the incident is dissatisfied with the results of the investigation, he or she may appeal to the President (or another Officer if the complaint involves the President). Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the ASA Executive Director or other Society Officer.

Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership

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Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership

Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders

ASA Foundation Fund Launches Major Fundraising Campaign

A primary goal of the ASA Strategic Leadership Plan for the Future is to expand promotion and participation by early career members in academics, industry, government, and consulting. Recent activities toward achieving this goal included an Early-Career Acousticians held in conjunction with the spring 2016 ASA meeting in Salt Lake City, a newly-implemented Early Career Travel Award to support attendance by early career members at ASA meetings, and an initiative to broadcast ASA meeting content over the internet which can help early career members who cannot attend meetings to stay connected.>

To further support the next generation of scientists and dedicated leaders in acoustics and the ASA, a new fellowship program, ASA Early Career Leadership Fellows, has been developed.  Early career acousticians who are selected for these fellowships must show commitment to ASA and to new personal endeavors that will reward the Society and enhance their personal growth as future leaders at the same time.  The plan is to award two fellowships annually, each on the order of $6,000, to support activities that enhance the Fellows’ leadership skills and/or potential within their profession and within the ASA, as proposed by the applicants themselves.

The Acoustical Society Foundation Board has accepted the challenge of the fundraising campaign to support these Fellowships – named the Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership: Supporting the Next Generation of Leaders – with a goal to raise $300,000 between October 2017 and May 2019

Contribution Categories

The contribution categories listed below reflect the desire to provide opportunities for all ASA members, new and old, to show their support to the Society, and to afford those with more resources the opportunities to be part of the future growth and envisioned future of the Society.

Contributions of any amount to the Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership are now being accepted!

Click the link below to make a donation using your credit card or PAYPAL account.  You may also send a check made out to the Acoustical Society of America, with a note that the donation is specifically for this campaign:

The Campaign for ASA Early Career Leadership
c/o Acoustical Society of America
1305 Walt Whitman Rd, Suite 300
Melville, NY 11747-4300

All donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged by the ASA, a 501(c)3 organization.

Campaign Ad Hoc Committee

The following volunteers on the Campaign’s ad hoc committee are excited to draw on the enthusiasm and support of ASA members to bring the goals of this campaign to fruition. Please contact any of the members for more information.
Carl J. Rosenberg
Stan E. Dosso
Judy R. Dubno
Lauren R. Ronsse
Himanshu Shekar
Michael R. Stinson

For more information, please refer to the following:

• October 2017 Acoustical Society Foundation Fund Newsletter
Summer 2018 flyer


Acoustical Society Foundation Fund
1305 Walt Whitman Road, Suite 300, Melville, NY 11747-4300 • 516-576-2360

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