Code of Conduct

Attendees, participants, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors and vendors (hereinafter attendees) are required to agree with the following code of conduct in order to participate in, and attend, the ASMEA Annual Conference. 

The ASMEA Annual Conference provides opportunities for conference attendees to network, present, engage, discuss, and debate in the exchange of ideas both in and out of formal sessions. The code of conduct is not meant to limit inquiry or constrain scholarly debate, but ensure that all activity is conducted with mutual respect. For a successful and productive conference, participants must feel at ease expressing and exploring ideas throughout the event space. Attendees must maintain the highest professional standards and behave in a way that demonstrates integrity.

ASMEA will not tolerate harassment in any form. Discrimination based on categories such as gender, religion, age, race, color, disability, national origin, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated. This means that harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any kind have no place at the ASMEA Annual Conference. This harassment policy includes, but is not limited to:

  • unwelcome sexual advances, or other verbal or physical contact of a sexual nature;
  • activities/behaviors such as stalking, bullying, intimidation, or hostility or abuse based on age, disability, religion, race or ethnicity;
  • violence or threats of violence directed against another individual;
  • use of derogatory terms;
  • photography, videography, or recording of any kind without express permission, excluding those conducted by designated event staff or official event photographers/videographers;
  • unwanted photography/recording; and,
  • boisterous or sustained disruptions during the event.

If an attendee witnesses or experiences harassment, bullying, or intimidation, a member of the ASMEA staff should be notified immediately to take appropriate action. All reports will be investigated and taken seriously. Action may include removing the individual from the meeting, barring the individual from any future meetings, notification of participant’s employer, or notification of on-premises security or local law enforcement as necessary. If an individual is removed due to the violation of the code of conduct, no refunds for event registration or membership will be given. ASMEA has the right to address the situation in whichever way it deems most prudent depending on the severity of the matter.

ASMEA approved this code of conduct and all attendees are expected to adhere to these basic principles throughout the duration of the conference.