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Bylaws & Policies

SCMS Accessibility Statement

The Society for Cinema & Media Studies is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities.  SCMS encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you need an accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided by the conference facility, please contact our conference manager/ADA coordinator in advance of your participation or visit. We will use our best efforts to honor reasonable disability accommodation requests.  Please provide your accommodation request at least two weeks in advance of the conference to give us ample opportunity to work with the facility to address your concerns.


SCMS Anti-Harassment Statement  

As an association, the Society for Cinema and Media Studies is strongly committed to building and supporting a robust scholarly and educational community built on the tenets of equity and the free and civil exchange of ideas with fundamental respect for the rights, dignity, and value of all persons (See SCMS Position Statement November 21, 2016). The standards of respect, equity, and nondiscrimination should inform conduct whether in speech or act; whether in formal, informal or social settings; whether in-person or remotely. 

Read the full statement here.

SCMS Anti-Racism Statement  
The Society for Cinema and Media Studies strongly condemns police violence and acts of hatred against African Americans across the United States. The deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Sean Reed, and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police—and the killing of Ahmaud Arbery by a former police officer—are only just a few of the latest examples of the depths of cruelty and violence by those in power within the United States. These incidents are not isolated nor are they rare. While the brutality looks different country by country and region by region, as a global organization of scholars, we know that the scourge of racism is its own global pandemic.
Read the full statement here.


SCMS Bylaws

The Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) is a Michigan nonprofit corporation (ID Number 792471) organized and operated only for charitable, educational and other purposes as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as now or hereafter amended. SCMS is governed by Bylaws adopted in February 2005, and amended and restated in 2019.  


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SCMS Conflict of Interest Policy


In order to access the SCMS Conflict of Interest Policy, click here.



In order to access SCMS' Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) policy click here 


SCMS Document Retention and Destruction Policy

For more on the SCMS Document Retention and Destruction Policy, click here.


SCMS Fair Use Policy

For more on SCMS' stance on Fair Use, click here >


SCMS Logo Use Policy and Permission

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies reserves the right to control the use of the SCMS logo.  Use of the SCMS logo for activities, events, webpages, websites, publications, and products must be approved in advance by the Society's Board of Directors.  Requests to use the SCMS brand must be submitted to the Board of Directors at least one month in advance of the proposed usage. SCMS committees, caucuses, and scholarly interest groups can submit a request to use the logo here. Information on SIG and Caucus logo specifications are here.


SCMS Policy and Politics

As a professional society that includes and welcomes diverse members representing a wide range of cultural and ideological perspectives, SCMS makes it a policy to refrain from making official statements of either support or condemnation on political issues that do not immediately concern film and media, and which might not indicate a position held by a majority of our membership. Any such statement would only be issued following a full discussion by the elected officers and representatives on the SCMS Board of Directors and, in appropriate circumstances, a vote of all SCMS members. The leadership of SCMS does not seek to restrict members from expressing their views, nor to restrict groups supported within SCMS from expressing collective views. However, we must clarify that these views cannot be identified as the views of SCMS and its membership as a whole.


SCMS Position Statement

Issued November 21, 2016.  At this historical moment the Board of Directors of SCMS recognizes that the humanities and humanistic knowledge, on which cinema and media studies are still broadly based, are now more essential than ever.  We therefore pledge to maintain SCMS as an inclusive organization open to all individuals who share our field’s commitments to diverse and multiple national origins, races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations, classes, abilities, migration statuses, and other expressions or categorizations of identity.  We understand that this commitment extends to our membership overall as well as to what we study.


SCMS Privacy Policy

SCMS' Privacy Policy was updated in June 2018. You can read it in full here (opens as a PDF).  

Please note that if you choose to be a member of SCMS, we will add you to our mailing list for the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (which arrives in hard copy four times a year) and to our email mailing lists for monthly news briefs and general correspondence. You may opt-out of any of these mailings on your profile page (Manage Profile --> Edit Bio, scroll to the bottom of the "Personal Information" section).


SCMS Statement on Digital Scholarship
In order to access SCMS' statement on digital scholarship click here >


SCMS Whisteblower Policy

For more on SCMS' stance on whistleblowing, click here.

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Society for Cinema and Media Studies
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Norman, OK 73019
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