CSMB Meeting Code of Conduct

It is the policy of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) that all participants, including attendees, vendors, CSMB staff, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at CSMB meetings will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment at CSMB Meetings. Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse at CSMB meetings is the responsibility of all participants.

​Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as sex, age, race, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behaviour of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behaviour and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Violations of this code of conduct policy should be reported to meeting organizers, CSMB staff, or the CSMB Director of Meetings. Sanctions may range from verbal warning, to ejection from the meeting without refund, to notifying appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated. If a participant observes inappropriate comments or actions and personal intervention seems appropriate and safe, they should be considerate of all parties before intervening.