The Ethics Committee will report to the SIAM President and will be chaired by a senior member of the SIAM community. The committee should have 3-5 at large members, appointed by the SIAM President. In addition, the following should be ex officio members, based upon the need to oversee the areas within their portfolio:
- Vice President-at-Large
- Vice President for Programs
- Vice President for Publications
- Chair of the Board of Trustees
- Executive Director
- Chief Operating Officer
Roles and Responsibilities
Part of the Committee's charge will be to review and recommend policies and procedures regarding ethics and violations of ethics. This includes, but is not limited to, establishing and monitoring policies and procedures to avoid sexual harassment and to ensure a welcoming environment in SIAM activities. It also encompasses violations of professional ethics, such as plagiarism.
This committee is charged with responsibility for overseeing SIAM's policies and procedures in ethics and for proposing new policies and procedures to the SIAM Council when needed.
Part of this responsibility is ensuring, to the extent practical, that people chosen for honors, awards, special lectures, or elected/appointed office meet the ethical standards the Society would expect as described in policy statements. The committee would do this by ensuring that adequate procedures are in place to be administered by the appropriate groups.
This committee may also recommend procedures, through the SIAM President, to the appropriate Vice President in the areas they cover.
If violations of ethical policies need to be addressed, this committee will be called upon and may advise or assist in the adjudication of such issues.