AAPath Code of Conduct

Events and listservs managed or held by the Association for Academic Pathology (AAPath) exist for the professional development of members and for the advancement of academic pathology. Members and guests of events and listservs are expected to conduct themselves with professionalism, cordiality and respect. At a minimum, AAPath expects members and guests to abide by local and national laws, and AAPath's General Rules for Antitrust Compliance, when attending or interacting at AAPath events and on AAPath listservs.

Furthermore, AAPath leadership has developed a ‘no tolerance’ policy toward misconduct by members or guests that results in physical or emotional harm to fellow members, guests or employees of AAPath or event facilities. By registering for an event or participating on a listserv, participants are expected to uphold the spirit of this code of conduct, which is intended to support the professional benefits of AAPath affiliation.

Complaints may be submitted confidentially to AAPath Council, by contacting the Executive Director by phone at 302-660-4940 or by email to [email protected]. If a complaint is brought to the attention of the Executive Director, the Conduct Review Committee of the AAPath Council shall be convened to determine, through a conscientious review of evidence, whether an individual has violated the code of conduct. If a violation of the code of conduct is judged to have occurred by a unanimous vote, the Committee may either issue a warning to correct the behavior (which will subsequently be monitored by the Committee) or the Committee may recommend that the individual will be excluded from participation in AAPath events and/or listservs for a period of no less than two years from the date of judgment. The individual may appeal the exclusion decision of the Committee to the entire AAPath Council by contacting the Executive Director; the appeal decision of the AAPath Council will be determined by a majority vote. If excluded from participation, at the end of two years, the individual may request in writing permission to participate in AAPath events and/or listservs, at which time the Conduct Review Committee may grant such permission. The individual may appeal the permission decision of the Committee to the entire AAPath Council by contacting the Executive Director; the permission decision of the AAPath Council will be determined by a majority vote.