Annual Meeting Code of Conduct Presenters, exhibitors, staff, members and other attendees at Society events should strive to create a professional, collegial, harassment-free environment that is welcoming to all. Conference attendees are expected to behave in a courteous, professional, and civilized manner and to respect volunteers, SVP staff, convention center/hotel staff, and one another.  Conduct that is unprofessional, offensive, or harassing should be avoided in both personal and electronic interactions at all Society events, whether formal or informal.
Harassment is any action that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s professional standing or that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.  Harassment includes verbal or visual comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, and age; sexualized, derogatory, or demeaning images and slogans in presentations, on clothing, or in public spaces; deliberate intimidation or haranguing; stalking and following; invasive photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. 
Collegiality is the expectation that professional, rational, and mutually respectful lines of discourse be constructively maintained. Collegiality includes civility in discourse and mutual respect for differences in background, expertise, and points of views.  Collegiality does not imply agreement on scientific, social, or personal issues.  Society events are venues in which professional, sometimes heated debate is expected and encouraged.  Collegial disagreements such as “John Doe is wrong because...” are appropriate, whereas an attack such as “Jane Doe is a fool” is unprofessional.  New participants who lack the depth of knowledge of a seasoned researcher in the field – students, hobbyists, artists, or researchers from other disciplines – may benefit more from simple constructive suggestions rather than prolonged debate, but nevertheless, participants at all levels should be prepared to defend their work and to respond constructively to criticism from their peers.  Collegiality includes respect for the intellectual property of others: photographs, recordings, or other reproductions of material in talks, slides, posters, or artwork should not be disseminated without permission of the author.
To report unprofessional, offensive, or harassing conduct encountered at Society events, inform one of the designated contacts for the meeting (David Polly, Jessica Theodor, Samantha Hopkins, or Selina Robson) or any member of the Executive
Committee. Contact infomation will be circulated in future communications and posted on signs by the Registration desk during the meeting. For additional, confidential assistance, you may contact the SVP president, the executive director, or members of the meetings staff. Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety is advised to contact 000 and contact meeting security. All attendees are expected to cooperate in any inquiry regarding, and resolution of, alleged sanctions for persons found to have violated this policy may include a verbal warning, expulsion from an event without refund, prohibition on attending certain future events, or in especially egregious cases, loss of membership from the Society.