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ATS Code of Conduct for ATS Conferences

PURPOSE

ATS conferences provide an ideal opportunity for clinicians and researchers to come together to learn about and discuss the latest advances in treatment and care. The ATS is committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or other protected characteristics. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, and exhibitors to help us ensure a safe and positive conference experience for everyone. This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

CODE OF ETHICAL CONDUCT:
    • Be considerate, respectful and collaborative.
    • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
    • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert ATS staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
UNACCEPTABLE CONDUCT:

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees at the event and related event activities. All who participate in the conference deserve respectful treatment, regardless of the capacity in which they are attending, whether a keynote speaker, vendor, staff member, exhibitor, volunteer, or ATS member. Discussion of different viewpoints is appropriate but expected to be conducted in respectful tone and manner that avoids personal attacks.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.

Physical or verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, efforts to annoy others, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates reasonable apprehension in a person, is also unacceptable.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WITNESS OR EXPERIENCE CONDUCT THAT VIOLATES THE CODE:

Conduct in violation of this Code should be brought promptly to the attention of any ATS staff member at the event.

CONSEQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR:

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated at the conference or related events, whether by attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors or exhibitors.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

We expect all conference participants (staff, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related events as a condition of attendance or participation. The ATS, in its discretion, may bar those who violate this Code from continued attendance or participation in some or all of the conference, without refund of any fees paid, and may, in appropriate circumstance, bar violators of this Code from attendance or participation at future ATS-sponsored events.