Conference and Meeting Code of Conduct

The National Association of Science Writers is committed to providing a professional environment at all of our events, welcoming people from as many diverse backgrounds as possible. We expect our events to be a respectful, harassment-free environment for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, and belief. NASW values the diversity of views, expertise, opinions, backgrounds, and experiences reflected among all attendees.

In pursuit of those goals, speakers, staff, attendees, and volunteers at NASW events are expected to abide by the following code of conduct:

Expected behavior

  • Treat everyone with respect and consideration.
  • Communicate openly and thoughtfully with others, and be considerate of the multitude of views and opinions that are different than your own.
  • Be respectful in discussing and debating ideas.
  • Follow the rules and policies of the venue.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Call 911 or alert hotel/venue security if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable behavior

  • Harassment and intimidation, including any verbal, written (including via texts or on social media), or physical conduct designed to threaten, intimidate, humiliate, or coerce another participant.
  • Discrimination or other actions based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, or belief.
  • Stalking or unwelcome or surreptitious photography or recording.
  • Physical or verbal abuse or intimidation of any participant.
  • Sustained or disrespectful disruption of presentations or events.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including but not limited to sexualized comments or jokes, displaying sexually explicit material, inappropriate touching, groping, or sexual advances.

Consequences

  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
  • NASW officials may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the conference.

Reporting unacceptable behavior

Anyone who feels unsafe or threatened should immediately contact 911, approach hotel/venue security staff, or contact the appropriate public authorities.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior during conference events, please contact Tinsley Davis, NASW executive director (510-859-7229, director@nasw.org) and/or Laura Helmuth, NASW president (510-473-2814, president@nasw.org).

For any questions about this policy, please contact Tinsley Davis, NASW executive director, director@nasw.org, or Laura Helmuth, NASW president, president@nasw.org.