AAFCS promotes and lives up to our Diversity & Inclusion Statement: The AAFCS celebrates, embraces, and respects the value of every person. We denounce all expressions of hate, racism, injustice, and discrimination. Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice is demonstrated through our work to improve the well-being and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities.
With that said, the Harassment Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in the AAFCS Annual Conference, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
We expect all participants in the AAFCS Annual Conference to create a safe and positive experience for everyone.
“Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present at the AAFCS Annual Conference, including staff, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, hotel and AV staff, speakers, AAFCS leadership, and all attendees.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any participant at the AAFCS Annual Conference will not be tolerated.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AAFCS may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the AAFCS Annual Conference (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions.
If You Are Subject to or Witness Unacceptable Behavior
If you are being harassed, notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the AAFCS staff immediately in person. Staff can be found at the registration desk, or wearing STAFF ribbons. You may also contact Sandra Andrade, Associate Director, Conferences & Communications, by email at email@example.com, or through the conference app.
ALL reports are confidential.
If possible, provide the following information, preferably in writing:
- Identifying information (name, appearance, role) of the participant who has committed an offense
- The approximate time of the behavior
- The circumstances surrounding the incident
- Other people involved in or witnessing the incident
If needed or requested, staff will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the AAFCS Conference. No one will be contacted without the permission of the person who was harassed/assaulted. If requested, staff will provide a full refund (minus ticketed events already attended) to anyone who has been harassed or assaulted so that they may process the event in their own space.