Stand Alone Conference of the American Society of Naturalists

Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, 5-9 January 2018

The following is the Code of Conduct for meetings that was approved by the various councils of the American Society of Naturalists, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Society for the Study of Systematic Biology in February 2017. This Code of Conduct will apply to the participants of this meeting at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in January 2018. Participants will be expected to endorse this Code of Conduct when they register and adhere to its principles when they attend the meeting.

For this meeting, members of the Executive Committee of the ASN and others responsible for dealing with allegations of harassment will be identified with unique conference badges, so that those wishing to confidentially report an incident can do so immediately.

Code of Conduct for Evolution Meetings – approved February 2017

The Evolution Meetings are intended to foster the exchange of scientific ideas, providing participants with an opportunity to present research findings, establish/renew collaborations, recruit people to their laboratories, and learn, teach, and network with an international community of evolutionary biologists. The Society for the Study of Evolution (SSE), the American Society of Naturalists (ASN), and the Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) are committed to creating an environment where everyone can participate without harassment, discrimination, or violence of any kind. All meeting participants must be treated with respect and consideration. Registration for the meeting is considered an agreement to abide by this code of conduct.

Harassment of any participant (attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider, organizer, or meeting guest) will not be tolerated. Unacceptable behavior includes (but is not limited to) unwanted verbal attention, unwanted touching, intimidation, stalking, shaming, or bullying. Discrimination on the basis of gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, national origin, or ethnicity will not be tolerated. Harassment presented in a joking manner is still harassment and constitutes unacceptable behavior. Retaliation for reporting harassment is also unacceptable, as is reporting an incident in bad faith.

People wishing to report a violation of this code of conduct should immediately contact a member of the Joint Meeting Committee (JMC) or any member of the executive councils of SSE, ASN, or SSB. Incidents of harassment and discrimination are taken extremely seriously. Confidentiality will be maintained unless disclosure is legally required.

The meeting organizers, members of the JMC, and Society executive officers reserve the right to enforce this code of conduct in any manner deemed appropriate. Anyone violating the code of conduct may be: (a) asked to stop, (b) expelled from the meeting (without refund), and/or (c) prohibited from attending future meetings.

Establishing this code of conduct is intended to prevent incidents of harassment, discrimination, and violence, and to maintain the high quality of scientific discourse that our members have come to expect from the Evolution meetings.