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FW: Burke Museum Report Statement from SVP



-----Original Message-----
From: owner-vrtpaleo@usc.edu [mailto:owner-vrtpaleo@usc.edu] On Behalf
Of VanZanten, Kate - SVP
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2006 2:59 PM
To: vrtpaleo@usc.edu
Subject: Burke Museum Report Statement from SVP

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology takes seriously allegations of
procedural or ethical improprieties by any of its members.  The Burke
Museum Report, released to the public via the Seattle Weekly on January
25, 2006, contains allegations of improper procedures for the field
collection of vertebrate fossils from U.S. public lands and for
incomplete, and in some cases, inaccurate, documentation of fossils in
the museum's records.  The individual accused of these improprieties is
a member of SVP.

The Ethics Education Committee is in the process of investigating
further this report and its allegations.  This committee and the SVP
Executive Committee stand by the Statement of Ethics in the SVP Bylaws
(http://www.vertpaleo.org/policy/ethics.html ) and are also committed to
a fair investigation.  The SVP Executive Committee will make a statement
about the Burke Museum Report after a fair inquiry has been conducted.