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|ACVP Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy|
Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy
The American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) is committed to providing a respectful environment free from harassment, discrimination, retaliation, as well as other intimidation and disruptive behavior for all our members, staff, residents, veterinary and graduate students, speakers, exhibitors, guests, and volunteers. Such conduct will not be tolerated. ACVP members and those associated with this organization are role models for personal and professional ethical standards as set forth in the ACVP Code of Professional Ethics and enforced by the ACVP Code of Conduct Policy. Standards also are stated for the veterinary profession in the Veterinarian’s Oath and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics.
Reporting of discrimination or harassment may be made to any ACVP Council member and may be in person, by telephone or in writing. The existence of this policy is not intended to, and does not, supersede any employer, educational institution, or other agency’s policies, standards of conduct, and related reporting requirements applicable to a particular individual. ACVP encourages individuals to first consider any such policies, standards of conduct, and related reporting requirements before making a report to ACVP.
Every report of harassment will be investigated promptly and impartially. The scope of an investigation will depend on investigations of the same conduct by third parties, such as employers or educational institutions. The individual raising concerns with harassment or discrimination may be asked to prepare a written statement. ACVP prohibits retaliation against any individual who in good faith reports discrimination, harassment or any other conduct prohibited by this policy. ACVP further prohibits retaliation against any individual who in good faith participates in an ACVP investigation into a report made under this policy.
ACVP will take appropriate action against any individual who violates this policy. The process is outlined in the ACVP Bylaws Article II Section 4 Disciplinary Action and Appeals Procedure and the ACVP Whistleblower Policy shall apply to corrective action taken for violation of this policy as well as appeals. Copies of the Bylaws may be obtained from any Council member, from the ACVP management team, or the ACVP website.
Council Revised Policy Approved: 8/15/18