As sexual harassment scandals continue to rock Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a new code of conduct for its members.
Following bombshell sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood figures including movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, director James Toback and actor Kevin Spacey, Academy CEO Dawn Hudson emailed members Wednesday evening, informing them of the new "statement of values" members are expected to uphold.
Procedures for handling allegations of misconduct are being finalized, she said in a memo obtained by USA TODAY.
"Much remains to be done," Hudson wrote. "The task force will finalize procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously. This process will ultimately guide the Board of Governors in assessing if certain allegations warrant action regarding membership."
The Academy, the group that gives out the Oscars, voted to expel Weinstein from its ranks in an emergency meeting on Oct. 14. Nothing has been said about whether members such as Kevin Spacey will keep their membership.
Hudson said the task force assembled to build the code of conduct "consulted with professors of ethics, business, philosophy and law from Georgetown, Harvard, Notre Dame and Stanford, as well as experts in human resources and sexual harassment."
She said they met with the Television Academy and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and also reviewed the codes of conduct of other organizations, including the American Film Institute and UCLA.