HOLLYWOOD- The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science, the body that awards the Oscars, has given approval to introduce code of conduct for behaviour.
The decision was taken in view of Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal. Weinstein was a prominent member of the Academy but brought shame to the organization after being accused of sexual harassment by no less than 65 women.
CEO Dawn Hudson wrote a letter to the academy members informing them about the latest development.
He wrote, "Academy membership is a privilege offered to only a select few within the global community of filmmakers.
"In addition to achieving excellence in the field of motion picture arts and sciences, members must also behave ethically by upholding the academy's values of respect for human dignity, inclusion, and a supportive environment that fosters creativity.
"There is no place in the academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognised standards of decency."
Anyone who violates the standards or compromises "the integrity of the Academy by their actions" could be suspended or expelled.
All 8,427 members will have to abide by the new guidelines.