Code of Conduct

In December 2018 the NAS Council approved a Code of Conduct for NAS members, and a process for reviewing allegations that a member has violated the code. Alleged violations should be directed by email to the Home Secretary at NASHomeSecretary@nas.edu (for members) or to the NAS Foreign Secretary at NASForeignSecretary@nas.edu (for foreign associates). The details of this process will evolve with experience, but the main points are included in a summary of the process and a flowchart illustrating it.

The NAS cannot undertake investigations of alleged violations except those that deal with internal matters, e.g., confidentiality with respect to discussions of candidates for NAS election or the deliberations of NAS and NRC committees, or matters involving PNAS. All other allegations must be supported by the public record of the outcome of an investigation by an organization with jurisdiction over the complaint, usually an employer, journal, or funding agency.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has a separate Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Bullying for Participants in Academies Activities that applies to all settings and locations in which NASEM work and activities are conducted, including committee meetings, workshops, conferences, and other work and social functions where employees, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, or guests are present.

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