2023 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network Meeting Code of Conduct

Sea Grant is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all who participate in Sea Grant events. This Code of Conduct serves as a guideline for the professional conduct of anyone attending or participating in the 2023 Great Lakes Sea Grant Network (GLSGN) Meeting, and an outline of the consequences for unacceptable behavior. We expect everyone to follow this Code so that all participants can enjoy the Event responsibly and with respect for the rights of others. This Code of Conduct applies to all activities of the Meeting including those sponsored by organizations other than Sea Grant but held in conjunction with Sea Grant, in both public and private facilities.

Expected Behavior

All participants, attendees, and vendors are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
  • Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, and suppliers/vendors.
  • Discuss differences of opinions and critique ideas with respect for the viewpoints of others.
  • Report suspected unacceptable behaviors directed at yourself or others to GLSGN leadership onsite or via email at carltons@purdue.edu.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert Sea Grant meeting staff or leadership if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels, or any other venue.

Unacceptable Behavior

This Code is not intended to be all inclusive, and it is likely there will be relevant conduct issues that it does not specifically address. Below are examples of unacceptable behavior:

  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations.
  • Threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form, regardless of intent. If you are advised directly or by another party that some aspect of your speech or behavior is unwanted, then you are expected to stop engaging in such speech or behavior.
  • Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Recording or taking photography of another individual’s presentation without their permission.
  • Disruption of talks during sessions or any activities related to the meeting.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety at a Sea Grant event is advised to call 911 and get them and/or yourself to safety. If you are not in immediate danger but feel that you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed such behavior, please immediately notify a member of GLSGN leadership onsite or via email at carltons@purdue.edu. Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. GLSGN leadership or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.