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      Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action – Home

      The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the Association of Science & Society’s Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies. Association of Science & Society (AS&S) is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. Consistent with this commitment and with applicable laws, it is the policy of the Society not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment and to provide employees and students who feel that they are victims of either with mechanisms for seeking redress.

      As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the Society does not discriminate against or permit harassment of employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, class, color, sex, gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin, age, alienage and citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally protected status. In the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other Society’s administered programs, it does not discriminate against any person or permit the harassment of any student or applicant on the basis of race, class, color, sex, gender, pregnancy, religion, creed, marital status, partnership status, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, military status, or any other legally protected status. All members of the Society’s community are expected to adhere to the applicable policies and to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination.

      Members may contact the Office to inquire about their rights under the Society’s Policies, request mediation, or counseling, or seek information about the application of the policies to specific situations. Information and advice are also offered to visitors and callers. Complaints against employees are governed by the Equal Employment Opportunity & Nondiscrimination Policies & Procedures on Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment & Sexual Harassment; complaints against students are governed by the Equal Educational Opportunity & Student Nondiscrimination Policies and Procedures on Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment & Sexual Harassment. All employees, students, and applicants are protected from retaliation for filing complaints or assisting investigation under AS&S’s Equal Opportunity & Nondiscrimination Policies.

      The Office is also responsible for monitoring employment transactions, including but not limited to recruitment, selection, compensation, assignment, promotion, and termination. A number of Society’s committees and offices may perform these and related functions in an effort to ensure compliance with Society’s policies and procedures.

      Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action – Mission

      Association of Science & Society is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. Consistent with this commitment and with applicable laws, it is the policy of the Society is not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment, and to provide employees and students who feel that they are the subjects of either, with mechanisms for seeking redress.

      Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action – Affirmative Action

      Under AS&S’s Executive Order, the Office of Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action (EOAA), on behalf of Association of Science & Society, each year prepares and implements Affirmative Action Programs (AAPs).

      Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action – Employment Nondisclosure Policies

      As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Association of Science & Society does not discriminate against, nor permit the harassment of employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, class, color, sex, gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin, age, alienage and citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, partnership status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest record, or any other legally-protected status.

      Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the Society’s educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and harassment do not extend to statements or written materials that are germane to classroom subject matter.

      All members of the Society community are expected to adhere to the applicable policy and to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination and harassment. They also are encouraged to report any conduct they believe to be in violation of these policies. In particular, management and supervisory personnel (including any officer or member having formal supervisory responsibility over employees) are responsible for taking reasonable and necessary action to prevent discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and for responding promptly and thoroughly to any such claims. For purposes of this policy, faculty are supervisors of other faculty when they are acting in a supervisory role as department chair, dean, academic vice president, institute director, center director, or similar position. Faculty and officers of research who are the principal investigators on a grant or contract act in a supervisory capacity over the individuals in the lab they lead.

      Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action – Definitions

      DEFINITIONS
      For purposes of this policy and the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination and harassment, the terms discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual harassment are defined as follows:

      Discrimination

      Discrimination is defined as:

      • Treating members of a protected class less favorably because of their membership in that class; or
      • Having a policy or practice that has a disproportionately adverse impact on protected class members.

      Discriminatory Harassment

      Discriminatory Harassment is defined as subjecting an individual to humiliating, abusive, or threatening conducts that:

      • Creates an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work environment;
      • Alters the conditions of employment; or
      • Unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance based on that individual’s membership in a protected class. This includes sexual harassment, which is described in further detail below.

      Sexual Harassment

      Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:

      • Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment; or
      • Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for employment decisions affecting that individual; or
      • Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, demeaning, or offensive working environment.

      Consensual, romantic relationships between faculty and other employees, between faculty and students, and between individuals who work together are generally not considered sexual harassment and are not prohibited by Society’s policies; however, individuals should be aware that these relationships are susceptible to being characterized as non-consensual, and even coercive if there is an inherent power differential between the parties, and can lead to complaints of sexual harassment. For further information, employees and students should consult AS&S’s Romantic Relationship Advisory Statement.

      Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action – Romantic Relationships
      ROMANTIC RELATIONSHIP ADVISORY STATEMENT

      Association of Science & Society’s educational mission is promoted by the professionalism in its faculty-student and staff-student and societal relationships. Faculty and staff are cautioned that consensual romantic relationships with student members of the Society’s community, while not expressly prohibited, can prove problematic. While some relationships may begin and remain harmonious, they are susceptible to being characterized as non-consensual and even coercive. This sometimes occurs when such a relationship ends and is exacerbated by the inherent power differential between the parties. A faculty or staff member involved in a consensual relationship with a student is expected to remove him/herself from academic or professional decisions concerning the student. This expectation arises because the relationship may impair, or may be perceived as impairing, a faculty, or staff member’s ability to make objective judgments about that student. The President has authorized administration to adopt more restrictive policies, given the special nature of the relationship between their students and faculty or staff. Individuals are, therefore, encouraged to contact their department head if they have any questions about whether a more restrictive policy applies to them. Departments that wish to establish policies that are more restrictive should contact the President for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action before implementation. Should a romantic relationship with a student lead to a charge of sexual harassment against a faculty or staff member, the Society’s is obligated to investigate and resolve the charge in accordance with the Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policies and Procedures on Discrimination, Discriminatory Harassment and Sexual Harassment. Questions regarding this Advisory Statement may be directed to:

      The Director, Association of Science & Society
      Postal Mail Address:
      BJ-248, Sector-II, Salt Lake City,
      Kolkata, West Bengal, India 700 091
      Telephone: +91-33-4070-3382

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