Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

ASIP is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or other protected characteristics. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, and guests help us ensure a safe and positive conference experience for everyone and to abide by the Code of Conduct while attending PISA 2020 in all venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert the ASIP Registration Desk if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct.

Unacceptable Behaviors Include:

  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant at all related events.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, or other personal characteristics.
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides).
  • Deliberate intimidation, micro-aggression, stalking, or following.
  • Harassing photography or photographing slides of oral presentations and posters without the express permission of the presenter/author.
  • Photographing slides of oral presentations and posters without the express permission of the presenter/author.
  • Recording of scientific and other sessions without the express permission of the participants.
  • Sustained disruption of scientific sessions or other events.
  • Unwelcomed and uninvited attention or contact.
  • Physical assault (including unwelcomed touching or groping).
  • Real or implied threat of physical, professional, or financial harm.
  • Retaliation against an individual for reporting discrimination or harassment.
  • Intentionally filing a false report of discrimination or harassment.
  • Signs of intoxication and/or influence of drugs.

What To Do If You Witness or Experience Conduct That Violates the Code
If you experience or witness discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to immediately inform the alleged violator that their comments or behavior are unwelcome. Individuals may be unaware that their conduct is offensive and are often willing to correct their behavior if so informed.

However, please note that you are not required to directly address or confront a person you believe is discriminating against or harassing you or another person. If you do not feel comfortable addressing the alleged violator, or if the alleged violator continues the behavior after being advised that such conduct is unwelcome, you should report the incident. 

If you wish to report discrimination or harassment you have witnessed or experienced, you may do so by contacting:

William B. Coleman, PhD
Executive Officer
Cell Phone: (919) 818-6198

Lisa McFadden, CMM
Director of Scientific Meetings
Cell Phone: (202) 498-0197

You are also encouraged to write down as many relevant details as you can recall (e.g., names, dates, times, locations, behavior or statements made, etc.), which can be helpful in filling out a report later if needed.

ASIP will maintain your confidentiality except where doing so would compromise another person’s rights or ASIP’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation. In such cases, ASIP will limit disclosure only to that information necessary to ensure proper investigation and compliance with procedures.  No retaliation will be taken or tolerated against anyone who makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any participant at PISA 2020, including attendees, sponsors, contractors, volunteers, vendors, venue staff, guests, and anyone with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, ASIP staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the PISA 2020 Conference, without refund, and/or future ASIP meetings. Egregious or repeated violations will result in more severe sanctions, including termination of society membership, if applicable, contacting the violator’s employer, and or the possibility of reporting the incident to local law enforcement.