Code of Conduct and Anti-Harrassment Policy

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IDWeek is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of color, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. IDWeek does not tolerate harassment of conference participants, staff clients or any affiliate.

Harassment is unwelcome, enduring, and/or offensive verbal physical conduct based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information that is severe or pervasive enough to create an environment that a reasonable person would consider to be intimidating, hostile or abusive. Examples include but are not limited to commenting on or making fun of a person’s religious beliefs, using racially biased epithets, stalking or deliberate intimidation. 

Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Some examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to offensive comments, inappropriate touching, engaging in derogatory stereotypes about members of a particular gender, telling obscene jokes, discussing sexual activities, the use of sexual language and imagery, accessing pornographic internet sites while on IDWeek premises and network or offering professional advantages, coercion or attempted coercion in return for sexual favors.

Please be aware that unacceptable conduct in either of the categories above can be verbal, written, physical, and visual in nature.

Conference participants violating these standards may be sanctioned or expelled from IDWeek events at the discretion of the conference organizers and/or IDWeek leadership.

Reporting Procedure

Any person who believes that he or she is the victim of inappropriate conduct, including sexual or other forms of harassment, or that a colleague or IDWeek affiliate has been the subject of harassment, should promptly report the incident to the VP of Meetings and Education at 703-299-0567/ sharwood@idsociety.org or IDWeek staff on premises, identifiable by yellow lanyards with red “staff” ribbons.  If the complaint involves IDWeek’s CEO or Board of Directors, the complaint should be reported to the VP of Organizational Development at 703-740-4960/sfleming@idsociety.org.  All involved parties should take care to keep concerns confidential and only disclose information on a need-to-know basis.

 

All concerns will be treated seriously. IDWeek will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of all the circumstances surrounding the alleged incident, and will keep the complaint and investigation confidential to the extent practicable.  If the investigation leads IDWeek to conclude that an individual has committed an act of harassment, that individual will be subject to appropriate action, up to and including expulsion from the event premises.

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