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Diversity, Ethics Policy, & Code of Conduct

Approved by the ASEV Board of Directors on January 19, 2021.

The American Society for Enology and Viticulture is committed to creating a fair, safe, and flexible environment which embraces tolerance and fosters inclusion. We celebrate the myriad of perspectives and contributions that each individual brings to our Society. Diversity, equity, and inclusion fuel our innovation and enriches our community.

Our diversity encompasses differences in ethnicity, gender, language, age, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status, physical and mental ability, thinking styles, experience, and education. We believe that the wide array of perspectives that results from such diversity makes us more creative, flexible, productive, and competitive.

Approved by the ASEV Board of Directors on January 23, 2017.
ASEV Ethics Policy

The objectives of the Society shall be to encourage, stimulate, and support research in enology and viticulture or other sciences directly applied to enology or viticulture through its technical programs. Furthermore, the objectives shall be to provide forums for the presentation, discussion, and publication of such research and technological developments for the advancement of science and the promotion of education in enology and viticulture.

In accordance with this purpose, the Society encourages its members to:

  1. Treat all people with civility, avoiding harassment and discrimination,
  2. Uphold the highest standards of truthfulness and honesty in all scientific and professional endeavors,
  3. Evaluate the work of colleagues fairly and with open-mindedness,
  4. Recognize past and present contributors to science and not claim credit for accomplishments of others,
  5. Disclose potential conflicts of interest,
  6. Offer professional advice only on those subjects in which they are qualified,
  7. Expose scientific and professional misconduct promptly, and
  8. Comply with all laws and regulations that apply to our science and profession.
ASEV Code of Conduct

ASEV values our members and those that participate in our Society. We want to ensure their experience is as productive and professionally stimulating as possible. ASEV is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone participating in our Society, including attending our events, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. It is important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is neither healthy nor productive. Accordingly, ASEV prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct at any time at all other ASEV sponsored activities. This policy applies to speakers, staff, venue staff, service providers, exhibitors, volunteers and attendees. Anyone violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from conferences, events or other activities, at the sole discretion of ASEV leadership.

Harassment of ASEV participants will not be tolerated in any form. Examples of harassment include offensive gestures or verbal comments related to ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Anyone being asked to stop any harassing or unwanted behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If anyone engages in harassing behavior, ASEV leadership, in their sole discretion, reserves the right to take any action they deem appropriate. Members engaging in harassing behavior may face termination of their ASEV membership. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact ASEV staff who can work with appropriate ASEV leadership to provide assistance.

Need to file a complaint? Please contact ASEV at or call, (530) 753-3142.