Harassment Policy

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and its members are committed to full compliance with all laws and regulations, and to maintaining the highest ethical standards in the way we conduct our operations and activities.

This policy is designed to prevent sexual and other types of harassment within the AIA, and to provide for corrective action as appropriate.  

Who is covered by the Policy?

This policy applies to the following people, referred to as AIA Volunteers:

  • members  of the AIA Board of Directors
  • members  of the AIA Strategic Council
  • all individuals who act on the AIA’s behalf through election, appointment (including appointment to a committee), or Board or Executive Committee action, or under authority from its Bylaws or Rules of the Board.  

Prohibited conduct

This policy prohibits discriminatory or harassing behavior (that is, unwelcome conduct) directed toward a person because of his or her sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, physical or mental disability, or political affiliation.  

Accordingly, no AIA Volunteer shall:

  • engage in or facilitate any discriminatory or harassing behavior directed toward AIA     officers, directors, members, other AIA Volunteers, staff, meeting attendees, exhibitors, advertisers, sponsors, suppliers, contractors, or others in connection with activities relating to the AIA.
  • engage in speech or conduct which is disparaging or derogatory of persons based on any of the factors mentioned above.    

Reporting a violation

Violations of this policy may be reported to the AIA’s President, First Vice President, or Secretary, or to the AIA’s General Counsel. The General Counsel will be responsible for investigating any reported violation, and will present his or her findings and recommendations to the Board of Directors.  If there is a conflict of interest, independent counsel will be retained to conduct the investigation, and to present findings and recommendations to the Board.  

Board action

After receiving the General Counsel’s findings and recommendations, the Board shall conduct such proceedings and take such action as may be appropriate and authorized under applicable law, the Bylaws, and the Rules of the Board.  If a Board member has been charged with the pertinent violation, he or she may present arguments and supporting evidence on his or her behalf, but will not otherwise influence or participate in the Board’s proceedings on the violation.

Adopted October 31, 2014

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