The Ohio Archaeological Council’s Board of Trustees recognizes that many in our professional community have experienced discrimination, hostile work environments, job discrimination, sexual harassment, or even assault at some point during the course of their professional lives. Such experiences can be devastating to our colleagues’ personal and professional lives and are unacceptable.

The Ohio Archaeological Council is committed to the ideal that archaeology should be a discipline and a career open to everyone regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, age, or other factors unrelated to performance. Openness includes the necessity that no Ohio Archaeological Council member should ever, during the conduct of archaeological activities, be subjected to discrimination, a hostile work environment, harassment, assault, or other unwelcome verbal or physical misconduct. Moreover, the discipline of archaeology and our understanding of Ohio’s past benefits when a diversity of voices and perspectives are included in all aspects of archaeological research, from fieldwork to laboratory analyses to the dissemination of results, both to colleagues as well as to the general public.

Therefore, the Ohio Archaeological Council’s Board of Trustees approved the following changes to the Code of Ethics in its regular Board Meeting on March 2, 2018:

The Ohio Archaeological Council must ensure that its members “… conduct and communicate research with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency.”

As part of their responsibilities to his/her colleagues, an Ohio Archaeological Council member shall “take responsibility for creating and upholding a safe, open, and professional environment for learning, conducting, and communicating science with integrity, respect, fairness, trustworthiness, and transparency.”

Additionally, an Ohio Archaeological Council member shall not “engage in discrimination or harassment based on ethnic or national origin, race, religion, citizenship, language, political or other opinion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, or economic class.”

With these additions to our Code of Ethics, the Ohio Archaeological Council affirms its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce that is safe and welcoming to all who choose to pursue Ohio’s past.

For further background on these issues we refer you to the following references and resources:

American Anthropological Association
2017 A Call for Better Conduct in Field Research
http://www.americananthro.org/StayInformed/NewsDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=22135

Society for American Archaeology
“Statement on Sexual Harassment and Violence”:
http://www.saa.org/AbouttheSociety/StatementonSexualHarassmentandViolence/tabid/1547/Default.aspx

“Background and Resource Guide for Addressing Harassment and Violence.”
http://www.saa.org/Portals/0/SAA_Background_Resource_Final%2007052016.pdf

American Geophysical Union
AGU Scientific integrity and professional ethics
https://ethics.agu.org/files/2013/03/Scientific-Integrity-and-Professional-Ethics.pdf

Davidson, Eric, Robin Bell and Margaret Leinen
2017 A revised ethics policy: setting the bar high to end harassment in the sciences.
https://fromtheprow.agu.org/setting-the-bar-high-to-end-harassment-in-the-sciences/

The updated Code of Ethics can be found on the Ohio Archaeological Council's web page at http://ohioarchaeology.org/about/code-of-ethics

- Adopted 03/02/2018