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This usage guide and example Code of Conduct were prepared by the Faith & Works Committee for Prevention and Response to Harassment in May 2023.

The aim of a code of conduct for Faith & Works is to provide members and users (be they members of Faith & Works or not) a clear indication that Faith & Works will not tolerate unacceptable behavior or harassment of other members and users, and that action, which may include but not be limited to exclusion from the event or removal of Faith & Works membership, may be taken against offenders.

The organizers of Faith & Works are committed to providing a platform that is welcoming and safe for all participants, is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment, and where all participants are treated with dignity and respect. Harassment is unlawful under both federal and all state anti-discrimination laws, and as such, people suspected of such misconduct may be reported to authorities.


Adherence to this Code of Conduct is a requirement for all Faith & Works participants and sponsors, and covers all aspects of Faith & Works, including all social events and all communication, including that via email or social media (including but not limited to Facebook and Twitter) associated with Faith & Works. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Harassment, including verbal comments relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, or physical appearance.

  • Inappropriate and/or unwanted physical contact.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention, which can include inappropriate questions of a sexual nature, asking for sexual favors or repeatedly asking for dates or contact information.

  • Stalking or deliberate intimidation.

  • Unwanted photography or recording (if you are asked to stop photographing or recording someone, please do so; if someone indicates that they do not want to be photographed or recorded, do not record or photograph them).

  • Discriminatory or sexual images in public spaces.

  • Sustained or willful disruption of talks or other events.

  • [Meeting organizers may add to this list as they see fit.].


To report violations of this Code of Conduct, alert a member of the Response Team at Reports may be made by people subject to, or witnesses of, unacceptable behavior.

If an individual participates in unacceptable behavior, the Response Team may take lawful action that they deem appropriate, including asking the individual to stop or removal of the individual from the Faith & Works platform without refund of registration and/or other applicable fees. Reports of unacceptable behavior may be communicated to the State and Federal government, and individuals who participate in unacceptable behavior may face consequences including being disallowed from attending future events. Individuals who are ejected will not be allowed to give any planned oral or poster presentations, and their place may be allocated to another attendee.


The reason for the replacement presentation may also be announced. Violations may be reported to the individual’s employer or research funders. Faith & Works members may have their membership cancelled without refund of membership fees.

All efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of persons reporting violations. Persons reporting violations of the Code may request that their report remain confidential and that no further action be taken. However, if the Code of Conduct Response Team deems it necessary for the safety of event attendees, action will be taken, including referral of the report to Federal and State governments.


This Code of Conduct is designed to ensure that this event can be enjoyed by all participants. We hope you have an inspiring and enjoyable time.

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