ASPB is committed to ensuring that the Plant Biology 2021 Worldwide Summit is a welcoming and inclusive space for sharing ideas and knowledge. To this end, ASPB will provide a safe and productive online environment that promotes collegiality, respect, and equal opportunity for all.
All Plant Biology 2021 participants agree to refrain from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and bullying (as defined below) in their interactions during the conference. This professional standard is especially important when interactions involve power differentials, because these behaviors have adverse impacts on the careers of scientists and the proper conduct of science. This code of conduct applies to all participants of the virtual conference, including but not limited to attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, contractors, volunteers, and any other viewers.
Among the behaviors that will not be tolerated are the following:
Behavior that is acceptable to one person may not be acceptable to another, so we ask that you use discretion to be sure that respect is communicated. Harassment intended in a joking manner nevertheless constitutes unacceptable behavior. Retaliation for reporting harassment is also a violation of this policy, as is reporting an incident in bad faith. It is essential to remember that it is the perception by the observer and/or receiver of any of the above, not the intent by the perpetrator, that constitutes a violation of the code of conduct.
Any harassment, whether experienced directly or witnessed, should be reported promptly to Jean Rosenberg, Director, Meetings and Marketing, ASPB – email@example.com or +1 301-792-5883. All complaints will be taken seriously and responded to promptly. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that it does not compromise the rights of others.
Once we have received a harassment complaint, ASPB will promptly:
ASPB reserves the right to remove an individual from the conference without warning or refund, prohibit attendance at future conferences, and notify the individual’s employer and federal funding agencies.
For any questions about the policy, please contact: Crispin Taylor, CEO, American Society of Plant Biologists, firstname.lastname@example.org