|2017 El Paso||Professional Ethics Statement
The AHCT seeks to provide a conference environment in which diverse participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and maintain that environment for the benefit of all.
Speakers and moderators are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Critical examination of beliefs and viewpoints does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Similarly, use of sexual imagery or language in the context of a professional discussion might not constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Participants may – and do – exercise their option to leave a session or a conversation.
The AHCT Symposium is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of academic rank, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
We expect all participants to respect this policy at all event venues and event-related social activities. We encourage people to abide by these guidelines outside event activities as well.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to one of the Ombuds listed in the AHCT Symposium Resource Guide included in your conference folder and posted on the AHCT website. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone.*
*Sources for Anti-Harrassment language: http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment and http://alamw14.ala.org/statement-of-appropriate-conduct