AERA Policy on Harassment

Adopted by the Executive Board, October 11, 1997

The American Educational Research Association is committed to the personal and professional development of all its members and employees and encourages dialogue that will foster their growth, well-being, and dignity. The Association is dedicated to maintaining an environment that places the highest value on collegial relationships, mutual respect, and sensitivity.
It must be ensured that any person who acts in an official capacity for AERA, or who is an employee of AERA, is free from, and not a party to, discrimination and acts of intolerance such as those based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, or physical challenge.  The principle of freedom of expression that might otherwise protect even the most offensive public speech does not protect the actions of threatening the dignity or privacy of an individual.  Such personally directed behavior, or any verbal or physical act of harassment, will not be tolerated.  It is antithetical to academic values, debilitates its victims, and undermines the Association's fundamental commitment to individual freedom and respect for all its members and employees.