Codes of Conduct
"As per Academy Bylaws Article II, Section 1.a, 'Every Member and Affiliate of the Academy shall refrain from exercising professional or personal conduct adverse to the best interests and objectives of the Academy. The objectives…shall be to promote professionalism, integrity, and competency in the membership's actions and associated activities; to promote education for and research in the forensic sciences; to encourage the study, improve the practice, elevate the standards, and advance the cause of the forensic sciences; to promote interdisciplinary communications; and to plan, organize, and administer meetings, reports, and other projects for the stimulation and advancement of these and related purposes.'
Additionally, as per Academy Bylaws Article II, Section 1.e, 'No Member or Affiliate of the Academy shall participate in illegal conduct, or harassment, intimidation, or discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or mental or physical impairment at an Academy annual meeting or associated events.'"
"As per the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 2.2, 'The American Academy of Forensic Sciences does not discriminate with regard to ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, age, race, color, gender, sexual orientation, faith, disability, or membership in other organizations.'"
Guidelines for reporting harassment/discrimination
"As per the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 6.5.2, 'The Ethics Committee may initiate investigative action upon (1) the submission by a member or affiliate of a written complaint alleging violation(s) of the Code of Ethics and Conduct by another member or affiliate to the Academy Executive Director; or (2) information received from a non-AAFS member alleging a violation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct by a member or affiliate by the Academy Executive Director; or (3) motion of any Ethics Committee member based on evidence from any source of an alleged violation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct by a member or affiliate. Any complaint or allegation of a violation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct must be made within two (2) years after the occurrence of the violation, or after the complainant knows or should have known of the alleged violation. No investigative action shall be taken if the alleged violation of the Code of Ethics and Conduct occurred more than five (5) years prior to the complaint or motion.'
A list of the current members of the AAFS Ethics Committee and their contact information may be found here. We refer readers to Section 6.5 of the AAFS Policy and Procedures Manual for more detailed information on the investigation and hearing process."
View Members of the DOC Committee