first_img AGU member Rebecca Barnes says she welcomes the change and admits that she didn’t initially see the connection between harassment and research misconduct. “My gut reaction is they’re not the same level,” says Barnes, a professor of environmental program at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. But she agrees that plagiarism or failing to give due credit for a piece of research can have the same negative consequences as harassment and bullying. “Those actions can result in a lot of the same feelings and push people out of the field because you’re sending a signal to them that they are not valued.”Davidson hopes AGU’s move will motivate other scientific societies to look more closely at their policies relating to sexual harassment. Paleontologist Alycia Stigall, a professor at Ohio University in Athens, says she will have AGU’s new guidelines in mind as she works with colleagues at the Paleontological Society to finalize its harassment policy. She especially admires AGU’s mechanism for enforcing the policy and providing support for actions that might not rise to the level of formal complaints.The new policy culminates a yearlong effort by AGU to rethink its guidelines on ethical behavior. A draft policy was released last spring for member comment. The final wording, with minor changes, was adopted on 14 September and goes into effect immediately. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! 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AGU President Eric Davidson calls it “a major step forward” in addressing the issue. By Maggie KuoSep. 20, 2017 , 11:55 AM Ebbi Roe Yovino/www.garywagnerphotos.com center_img Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email Scientific society defines sexual harassment as scientific misconduct The new policy would apply to participants at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting.last_img read more