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policy on sexual harassment

The American Society for Environmental History seeks to build an inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse community of scholars and professionals. Those who are the targets of harassment at ASEH-sponsored activities should not feel unheard or unassisted. Sexual harassment is behavior that demeans, humiliates, or threatens on the basis of sex. It includes crude behavior (such as offensive statements, jokes, or gestures) and dismissive or insulting modes of address that a recipient experiences as offensive or disruptive to personal well-being. It further includes unwelcome sexual attention (such as unwanted touching or repeated requests for dates) and coercion.

Harassment damages the ASEH community by discouraging participation in our organization and by compromising the free exchange of ideas that is at the center of our mission as an organization. Anyone requested to cease harassing or other inappropriate behavior is expected to comply immediately. ASEH reserves the right to prohibit attendance at specific sessions or conferences in consequence of such behavior – and to take other actions it deems appropriate and reasonable under the circumstances.

Complaints of sexual harassment should be brought to the attention of the review committee, which includes the president, executive director, and one member of the executive committee. Email ASEH’s executive director at, ASEH’s president at, or ASEH's executive committee representative at

During an ASEH conference complaints should be brought to the attention of the executive director, who is available on-site at the registration desk. The executive director will then consult with a committee representative as soon as possible and will act to address the situation.

This statement is informational and is not a contract. It does not create legally enforceable protections or obligations on the part of ASEH. It is not intended to, not should it be used to support a cause of action, create a presumption of a breach of legal duty, or form a basis for civil liability.

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