About the AAS

Professional Ethics


Kelsey Johnson
AAS President / University of Virginia

AAS Code of Ethics

The advancement of the astronomical sciences requires a commitment to ethical behavior in professional activities. The AAS Code of Ethics provides ethical guidelines for AAS and Division members and affiliates as well as for others involved in professional astronomical activities.

AAS Anti-Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the American Astronomical Society that all participants in Society activities will enjoy an environment free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

Submit a Complaint

To make a report regarding a violation of the AAS Code of Ethics or Anti-Harassment policy described in the documents linked above, please complete the online reporting form to submit the incident for review. 

AAS Code of Ethics Actions

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Code of Ethics Committee

The Ethic Committee oversees the investigation of complaints concerning possibly unethical conduct of AAS members, attendees of AAS-sponsored meetings, and users of AAS-sponsored services.