Policy for Public Statements by Caucuses of SRCD

Issued by the Governing Council of SRCD

July 9, 2020

The Caucuses are legally part of SRCD and their efforts, activities, and statements therefore are presumed to reflect the views of SRCD. Any public statement that may be construed as expressing opinions about or advocating for particular public, political, or social policy action must be clearly stated as representing the views of the Caucus and not representing the views of SRCD as a society as a whole. The Caucus will include the following disclaimer within each statement: “This statement represents the perspective of the [insert name of] Caucus of the Society for Research in Child Development and has not been reviewed or necessarily endorsed by the Society as a whole.” Additionally, the Caucus will send the proposed statement to the Governing Council (GC) at least 24 hours prior to any release as a courtesy notice only. The GC does not have authority to censor these statements.

Statements that are written by a Caucus that are intended to represent SRCD as a society as a whole must be reviewed by GC (or the Executive Committee in the case of time-sensitive matters). These latter statements or actions that violate or have the potential to threaten SRCD’s 501c3 non-profit status will not be approved for dissemination.

Individuals within the Society (including those who are members of the Caucuses) are free to express individual opinions regarding the policy implications of research findings. However, policy statements or opinion pieces representing the Society as a whole are only allowable following review and recommendation by SRCD’s Directors for Policy and/or Communications, and approval by GC (or in time-sensitive cases, EC) to ensure compliance with SRCD’s status as a 501(c)(3) organization.

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