Committees and Task Forces

ISTSS has several committees that carry out a number of different functions for the association. Among them are the following committees. To learn more about them, click on the name of the committee below.

Code of Conduct Task Force

Code of Conduct Task Force – Task Force Member volunteer opening
The Code of Conduct task force is finalizing a Code of Conduct with actionable recommendations for ISTSS policies regarding expected conduct for the ISTSS based on feedback from the Board of Directors. This is a time limited and time sensitive task as we are hoping to complete our work prior to the mid-year board meeting. We are specifically looking for 1-2 volunteers to build out the staff procedures for handling complaints and to help with finalizing revisions.
Ideally a background in developing or training personnel in reporting processes best practices would be helpful. Someone with a background in responding to sexual assault/harassment cases in ways that are victim centered would also be helpful. Good communication and writing skills are essential.
Apply on the Volunteer Portal
Contact: Debra Kaysen [email protected]

Code of Conduct Task Force 
: (explain relevance to ISTSS Strategic Goals and strategies)
Goal 2 of the ISTSS Strategic Plan prioritizes creating an environment that builds demographic, cultural and geographic diversity and inclusivity among our membership. We value different perspectives and create an atmosphere of, and opportunities for, respectful dialogue and exchange of ideas and experiences. ISTSS defines diversity as broadly construed along all dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical and intellectual abilities, religious beliefs, nationality, political beliefs, and other ideologies. Members experiencing harassment or discrimination is antithetical to ISTSS reaching this strategic goal and are also inconsistent with the larger mission of the Society. As an inclusive, global and multidisciplinary organization, it is particularly critical that ISTSS develop a policy for its membership and meeting attendees.

The charge to this task force is to develop a Code of Conduct with actionable recommendations for ISTSS policies regarding expected conduct for the ISTSS. The policies should include definitions of unacceptable conduct, reporting procedures, decision making processes, and enforcement protocols.

The Task Force will make recommendations about:

  • Definition of an expected code of conduct
  • Scope of the code of conduct
  • Reporting processes
  • Enforcement processes
  • Changes to ISTSS bylaws, as needed
  • Evaluate the role of the ISTSS ombudsperson in relation to the ISTSS code of conduct
  • Communication to the membership regarding the code of conduct

The Task Force, in collaboration with staff, legal review as necessary, and other ISTSS committees shall deliver the following:

  1. An articulated code of conduct
  2. Documented reporting procedures
  3. Documented processes for appeal and for enforcement
  4. An updated job description for the ISTSS ombudsperson, if needed
  5. A plan for communication to ISTSS members regarding the new policies and procedures 

Composition & Designated Members: The Chair will be appointed by the President. The Chair will identify 4-6 members to serve on the Task Force, with representation from the Diversity Committee and will include diversity across multiple domains (ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, country of origin, and stages of career development).

Authority (including limitations): The Task Force has the authority to make recommendations to the Board and Executive Committee within the scope of its responsibilities.

Society Policies Impacting Function:
The following strategic plan priority strategies are relevant to the work of this group:

  • This Task Force is conducive to Strategic goal 2. Without creating a safe environment for our membership it will be difficult for us to meet our goals of increasing diversity or  promoting membership engagement. These policies are also essential for supporting members through their professional trajectories.

The task force must follow ISTSS policies regarding:

  •  The sub-committee is subject to any written or accepted Society policies.

Interactions with other committees: This Task Force is expected to interact with the EC, Membership, Public Health and Policy, Diversity, Finance Committees,  and the Student Section.
Products: The Task Force will provide interim reports to, and seek guidance from, the Executive Committee as needed.
The TF will produce:

  • An interim progress report, with draft sections, and potentially with questions for Board discussion - at the 2019 Board meeting.
  • A final complete draft for review presented to the EC by March 1, 2020
  • A final version approved by the EC presented for Board approval at the next subsequent 2020 Board meeting (conference call or mid-year meeting).

Staff resources available (relevant sections of Kellen scope of work): Staff support will be available to the Task Force to schedule and participate on phone calls. If necessary, staff will provide information to the Task Force regarding any previous documentation/documents relevant to acceptable and unacceptable member behavior. It is likely the Task Force will need some consultation from legal resources at Kellen.

Financial and other resources available: Task Force conference calls will be conducted using free teleconferencing facilities. There is some potential cost involved in legal consultation.

Description of operations/processes/procedures (how committee/task force/position works): The Task Force will schedule phone calls and do work via conference calls and email. The Task Force will submit reports for Board Meetings and be available to present at Executive Committee and Board Meetings if necessary.
Person drafting Task Force description: Debra Kaysen, PhD
Date: May 22nd, 2019
Approved by the Board of Directors on June 12, 2019