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Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct


AACRAO is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all involved in the Virtual SEM Conference. All participants, including, but not limited to, presenters, volunteers, exhibitors, AACRAO staff members, supplier partners, and attendees are expected to abide by this Virtual Meeting Code of Conduct.

This policy applies to all AACRAO meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AACRAO but held in conjunction with AACRAO events, on public or private platforms. 

Zero-Tolerance Policy

  • Unacceptable Behavior
    • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form. 
    • Verbal abuse of any participant, presenter, volunteer, exhibitor, AACRAO staff member, supplier partner, or other meeting guest. Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to: verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin.
    • The inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any participant, volunteer, exhibitor, AACRAO staff member, supplier partners, or other meeting guest.
    • Conduct During Presentations
      • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AACRAO throughout the virtual meeting will not be tolerated. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any AACRAO virtual event staff
      • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. AACRAO reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations. 
      • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space. 
    • Report Inappropriate Conduct

      AACRAO has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, AACRAO asks that you inform either Melanie Gottlieb, Deputy Director, 202-355-1055 or Tina DeNeen, Associate Executive Director, Meetings and Partnerships, 202-263-0288 so appropriate action can be taken.

      AACRAO reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AACRAO reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.