(As published in the APS Constitution, ARTICLE VIII)
It is the policy of the APS to comply strictly with all laws applicable to APS activities. United States Federal, and most State, laws strictly prohibit sexual harassment. APS policy specifically prohibits sexual harassment by or against any employee, member, officer, or other volunteer, vendor, or customer.
The policy covers sexual harassment complaints that fall within the scope of official APS activities, such as but not limited to, day-to-day operations, meetings, educational programs, committee activities, etc. The Society believes that mutually respectful, pleasant, non-coercive interactions between individuals will best serve the well-being of each individual employee as well as that of the Society. Sexual harassment of anyone will not be tolerated.
Sexual harassment is defined as follows: Any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes harassment when:
Sexual harassment may occur in situations where one person has power over another, but it can also occur between equals. Both men and women can be sexually harassed, though women are most often victimized. Sexual harassment need not involve physical conduct. Spoken words and non-favorable gestures of a sexual nature may constitute sexual harassment.
If you believe that you have been sexually harassed, or have witnessed any type of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior you should:
Upon such report, APS will investigate your complaint and attempt to resolve it, giving careful consideration to protecting the rights and dignity of all people involved to the extent that circumstances will permit.
No adverse or retaliatory action whatever will be taken against an employee for filing a sexual harassment complaint with APS.