NEW YORK – The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science announced Wednesday that it has decided its first code of conduct for the 8,427 members.
Film academy chief executive Dawn Hudson introduced the new rules for the members in an e-mail. In October, the academy broke with tradition and made Harvey Weinstein only the second person ever banned from the Oscars’ governing body.
The new code of conduct stipulates that the academy is no place for “people who abuse of their status, power or influence in a manner that is contrary to the standards of decency.”
The academy board may now suspend or expel those who violate the code of conduct or that “jeopardize the integrity” of the academy.
The rules of conduct are drawn up by a working group initiated by the academy in October. It was formed after He was accused by dozens of women of sexual harassment and abuse. Weinstein, who won an Academy Award for ‘Shakespeare in Love’, denies all allegations of non-consensual sex.
Hudson told members that more details about the process where the offending members will be convicted will be announced later.