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Policy on a Welcoming Environment

 
It is the policy of the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) that all participants in AMATYC activities will enjoy a welcoming environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. As a professional society, AMATYC is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. In pursuit of
that ideal, AMATYC is dedicated to the philosophy of equality of opportunity and treatment for all members, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, veteran status, or any other reason not related to scientific merit. Harassment, sexual or otherwise, is a
form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of AMATYC meetings.


This policy applies to all attendees at AMATYC activities, including mathematicians, students, guests, staff, contractors and exhibitors, participants in scientific sessions, tours, and social events of any AMATYC meeting or other activity. All individuals participating in AMATYC activities are asked to agree to behavior consistent with these standards. Violations of this policy should be reported to the President of AMATYC. Individuals violating these standards may be asked to leave the activity without refund of registration fees and may have their behavior reported to their employer. Repeat offenders may be banned from future AMATYC activities. Retaliation against individuals who file a complaint will not be tolerated and will be treated in a manner similar to harassment.


Definition of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The legal definition of sexual harassment is “unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment.” Behavior and language that are welcome/acceptable to one person many 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 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: 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.
[Proposed policy and definitions of harassment adapted from those given in the anti-harassment policy of the American Astronomical Society, aas.org.]

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