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1970 Interpretive Comments Following extensive discussions on the 1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure with leading educational associations and with individual faculty members and administrators, a Joint Committee of the AAUP and the Association of American Colleges met during 1969 to reevaluate this key policy statement. On the basis of the comments received, the discussions that ensued, the Joint Committee felt the preferable approach was to formulate interpretations of the Statement in terms of the experience gained in implementing and applying the Statement for over thirty years and 22 American Political Science Association A Guide to Professional Ethics in Political Science of adapting it to current needs.

The effect of this subparagraph is that a decision on tenure, favorable or unfavorable, must be made at least twelve months prior to the completion of the probationary period. If the decision is negative, the appointment for the following year becomes a terminal one. If the decision is affirmative, the provisions in the 1940 Statement with respect to the termination of services of teachers or investigators after the expiration of a probationary period should apply from the date when the favorable decision is made.

The American Political Science Association encourages universities to define coercive sexual conduct as a form of moral turpitude or gross misconduct and to utilize university dismissal procedures to deal with such behavior. 1 The Committee on Professional Ethics, Rights and Freedoms does not and should not have the power to censure individuals. The Committee relies on employing institutions as well as judicial and quasi-judicial bodies to operate by procedures that provide due process. 2 However, when a political scientist is dismissed, not reappointed or suspended from employment by a university, college or other employing institution for the stated reason of coercive sexual harassment, or is legally adjudged to have committed such acts, the Association, upon recommendation of its Ethics Committee, shall inform its members through PS.

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