Staff and Volunteer Code of Conduct

All SPE staff and volunteers at any SPE event including executive board, council, and chapter meetings are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct. The Society will enforce this Code throughout an event.

Our aim in hosting an SPE event is to build a stronger community. Our goal is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome to participate, speak up, ask questions, and engage in conversation. This requires a harassment free and inclusive environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every participant. We invite all those who participate in an SPE event to help us create a safe and positive experiences for everyone.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate during any aspect of the event/conference, including talks, workshops, parties, social media such as Twitter, or other online media.

Following a Code of Conduct allows SPE to create the best experience possible for all attendees.

Expected behavior:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert SPE staff if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
  • While at an SPE event or any of its related events no participant should engage in harassment in any form.
  • Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from SPE events without a refund at the discretion of SPE. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Reporting an incident:

If you see, overhear or experience a violation of the Code of Conduct during an event, please seek out the nearest SPE team member to escalate your complaint. If you cannot find a team member or would like to report a violation after an event, you may email

  Welcome Page