January 16, 2020

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality to Announce its First Ombuds

The oldest professional organization dedicated to the research of sexuality will have an Ombuds in place for its annual conference later this year. In November 2019, the SSSS Board of Directors approved a "Statement of Values and Expectations" that revealed the appointment of an Ombuds for members and event goers experiencing severe violations of the Code of Conduct. The identity of the SSSS Ombuds has not yet been announced but s expected befre the SSSS conference in New Orleans in November 2020.

Here's the relevent portion of the Society's "Statement of Values and Expectations":
Because of our commitment to ensuring our events are equitable, respectful, and harassment-free, SSSS has hired an Ombuds Service to provide independent, confidential services during our events. If you believe you have experienced a severe violation of the code of conduct (e.g., sexual harassment, discrimination) at one of our events, you may call the Ombuds Service to seek advice and consultation. The Ombuds can help in the following ways:
  • Listen and offer confidential support;
  • Provide information, resources, and referrals;
  • Help you consider various options for moving forward, which could include alerting hotel security and police if there is immediate danger; and
  • Give you informed and practical advice if you choose to make a formal report.
Regardless of whether you choose to use the confidential Ombuds Service, you may always report experiences at our events to the SSSS Executive Director or any member of the SSSS Board of Directors.
(SSSS Oct 2019 Newsletter, Statement of Values.)

Related posts: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Endorses Ombuds for Higher Ed's Sexual Harassment Problem; IOA Signs on to National Academies' Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct; Ombuds as Part of a Social Justice Framework for Associations; 11 Stories that Shaped the Ombuds Profession in the 2010's (Special Interest Groups Begin Appointing Ombuds to Protect and Serve Members).

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