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ISA Headquarters posted on April 14, 2016 13:04

At the most recent meeting of the ISA Governing Council this past March in Atlanta, the Governing Council approved several changes to ISA Policy.


Revisions to the ISA Code of Conduct


The ISA Code of Conduct seeks to uphold high professional for all interactions in ISA-sponsored activities.  It covers sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of unprofessional behavior.


The Professional Rights and Responsibilities Committee proposed revisions to the Code of Conduct so that it applies to all individuals in the context of ISA activities. The previous version of the ISA Code of Conduct and associated grievance procedure applied only to relations between ISA members. By implication, any incident involving an alleged wrong by a member against a non-member was excluded from the grievance procedure in the policy, as were incidents where a non-member committed an alleged wrong against a member.  The Code was thus broadened to encompass all individuals in the context of ISA activities, whether members or non-members.


The newly-revised ISA Code of Conduct can be viewed here:


Adoption of an ISA Conflict of Interest Policy


The ISA Committee on Professional Rights and Responsibilities proposed the policy below and it was approved by the Governing Council in Atlanta. 


The newly-approved Conflict of Interest (COI) policy reads:


All members of the International Studies Association should avoid actual, potential, and the appearance of conflict of interests and not participate in any decisions that can lead to direct benefit for that person and/or his/her family. Direct benefit means either financial benefit or any other benefit that could confer any form of financial benefit later. Participation means both discussion and voting.

All officers, employees, and committee members must disclose any actual or potential conflicts of interest to the ISA executive director when such conflicts may arise. In the event that a potential conflict of interest is identified the matter should be resolved in consultation with the ISA Executive Committee.

In order to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, committee members should refrain also from receiving benefits from their respective committees while they are members of those committees. Further, committee members should recuse themselves from deliberations and decisions where they have substantive conflict.

All ISA members must abide by the ISA’s Code of Conduct stating the expectations for professional conduct, available here. Note also that a special Conflict of Interest Policy applies for ISA publications, available here.

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