News from the National Academy of Sciences

June 3, 2019

NAS Members Approve a Bylaw Amendment to Permit Rescinding Membership

At the business session of the 156th Annual Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences on April 30, members in attendance voted in favor of an amendment to the NAS bylaws that would permit the NAS Council to rescind membership for the most egregious violations to a new Code of Conduct, including for proven cases of sexual harassment. As is the case for virtually all substantive amendments to the bylaws, it was distributed to the full membership for a vote, which required a simple majority to pass. Voting ended on May 31, and the amendment was approved by a large margin, with 84% voting for the amendment and 16% against.

The National Academy of Sciences is a private, nonprofit institution that was established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. It recognizes achievement in science by election to membership, and—with the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine—provides science, engineering, and health policy advice to the federal government and other organizations.

Molly Galvin
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