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.
The AAFCS Harassment Code of Conduct outlines expectations for all those who participate in the AAFCS events, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
We expect all participants at AAFCS events to create a safe and positive experience for everyone.
“Participant” in this policy refers to anyone present – in person or virtual – at an AAFCS hosted event, 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 an AAFCS event will not be tolerated.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AAFCS may take any action they deem appropriate, including removal from the event (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. At in-person events, staff can normally be found at the registration desk, or wearing STAFF ribbons. At in-person or virtual events, staff can be reached by emailing email@example.com, phone at (703) 706-4600, or through the conference app (if applicable).
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 event. 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.