Oscar Academy Releases 'Standard of Conduct' For Members

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which awards the Oscars, will hold members to a code of conduct in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent figures in the movie industry.

"Much remains to be done", said Hudson in the letter.

It seems the group moved fast on that promise as the board of governors released an approved "Standards of Conduct" for their members to uphold.

Hudson's letter, which was sent to Academy's roughly 8,500 members, also had a link to the standards.

The academy's board may now suspend or expel those who violate the code of conduct or who "compromise the integrity" of the academy. "The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously". This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership.

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It's unclear how the academy's new procedures will affect members who have previously faced accusations of sexual assault, including Woody Allen, Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby.

Academy CEOAcademy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers. With the new board-approved Standards of Conduct, Weinstein may not be the only member of the Academy to face expulsion, as more women pledge to be open about their experiences with sexual assault in Hollywood. Hudson closed her memo to members by reiterating the Academy's goal of "fostering the kind of environment that enables and supports creativity, and furthers the Academy's mission".

The Academy also reiterated their stand on all forms of abuse, harassment, and discrimination and said that they will not tolerate any of it.

Meanwhile, the new standards state that any member of the Academy who violates the new rules may receive disciplinary action given to them by the board of governors.

Earlier this week, TIME magazine announced that their 2017 Person of the Year accolade would actually go to multiple people - "The Silence Breakers" - the women and men who have spoken out about the prevalence of sexual harassment within their industries.

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