Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships (MERAS)

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The MERAS Committee Code of Conduct was approved 23 June 2022. Available in the Documents & Publications below.


Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships (MERAS) Committee 

The Pregnacy, Privacy, and Harassment Committee started in 2015 as an ad-hoc Council subcommittee charged with researching existing policies and practices aboard the vessels of the US Academic Research Fleet (ARF) regarding protected personal information, medical history forms, participation at sea for pregnant and provisions for nursing women, and other issues as identified. The committee remained busy and transitioned to a special committee, MERAS (Maintaining an Environment of Respect Aboard Ships) in 2017 as the members worked with the funding agencies to create the Shipboard Civility Module II Video. Due to the continuing importance of the committee's charge, it was further converted to a UNOLS standing committee after the 2019 UNOLS election.

The UNOLS office contacts for MERAS:  Brandi Murphy and Alice Doyle.

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