Code of Conduct

The Organization is committed to making this meeting productive, safe, and enjoyable for everyone regardless of nationality, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, political views, disability, and physical appearance. We will not tolerate harassment or misconduct in any form including, but not limited to, physical, verbal, and online actions.

The following guidelines are expected to be followed by everyone at the meeting.

1. Treat everyone with respect and consideration, this includes being respectful and mindful in your critique of ideas and also being mindful of your surroundings and your fellow participants. Do not insult or put down fellow attendees or staff.

2. Communication is expected to be appropriate for a professional audience with diverse backgrounds.

3. Harassment and sexist, racist, derogatory, or exclusionary jokes or comments will not be tolerated, and neither is sexual language or imagery. Harassment includes (but it is not limited to) sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking of any individual, and language bashing. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, or political views.

Any violation of these guidelines may result in the immediate removal of the offender from the meeting without warning and without a refund. Furthermore, the offender’s action may be reported to the corresponding national institution. This will be at the sole discretion of the LOC members of the organizing committee.

Participants asked to stop any kind of inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Anyone that wishes to report any violation of these guidelines, is encouraged to speak to the organizer SOCHIAS’s members. The organization will grant confidentiality to both parties involved and will do everything in its power to restore a professional and safe environment for all as fast as possible. Presumption of innocence will not guide the decisions on conference safety. The number one priority will be to restore a safe environment even in the absence of definite proof.