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SEM Statement on Access to 2017 Annual Meeting Video-Streams

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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Since 2011 the Society for Ethnomusicology has offered live and archived video-streams of sessions at its Annual Meeting, selected each year by the Program Committee. Following one of the sessions streamed at the 2017 Annual Meeting, an SEM Board member received a complaint from a Society member who stated that one of the presenters, in remarks offered, violated standards of professional conduct. This complaint was based on reports from individuals who attended the session.

SEM takes seriously its responsibility to its membership, especially concerning comments of a personal nature that are made in any of its channels of communication, including Annual Meeting video-streams. After receipt of the complaint, the Society removed the session information and link from its 2017 list of archived video-streams in order to begin a review of the remarks in question.

As is often the case with matters that are sensitive and/or urgent, the review process was carried out by a subset of the SEM Board (in this case the President and Past President) and the SEM Executive Director. Since the issue involved a complicated dispute between two members of the Society, the review required multiple considerations, including information concerning an institution outside the Society. Throughout the review process and at present, a primary goal has been to respect the privacy of the two individuals involved.

completed its review on December 31, 2017, and, on this same date, added the session information and link to the 2017 list of video-streams, which provided immediate access to the video-recording. The decision to provide access to the video was based on the review committee’s deliberation and on communication with the two individuals.

SEM regrets any inconvenience caused while it worked to resolve this matter in a thorough and respectful manner.

Gregory Barz, SEM President
Anne K. Rasmussen, SEM Past President
Stephen Stuempfle, SEM Executive Director

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