The 2023 Joint Meeting of the ASMB, HCS, and ASIP Planning Committee 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, speakers, and organizers to help us ensure a safe and positive conference experience for everyone and to abide by the Code of Conduct while attending the 2023 Joint Meeting of the ASMB, HCS, and ASIP in all venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.
Unacceptable Behaviors Include:
What to Do If You Witness or Experience Conduct That Violates the Code
If you experience or witness discrimination or harassment, you are encouraged to immediately inform the alleged violator that their comments or behavior are unwelcome. Individuals may be unaware that their conduct is offensive and are often willing to correct their behavior if so informed.
However, please note that you are not required to directly address or confront a person you believe is discriminating against or harassing you or another person. If you do not feel comfortable addressing the alleged violator, or if the alleged violator continues the behavior after being advised that such conduct is unwelcome, you should report the incident.
If you wish to report discrimination or harassment you have witnessed or experienced, you may do so by contacting:
William B. Coleman, PhD
Cell Phone: (919) 818-6198
The Histochemical Society
American Society for Matrix Biology
Cell Phone: (301) 919-0952
Lisa McFadden, CMM
Director of Scientific Meetings
Cell Phone: (202) 498-0197
You are also encouraged to write down as many relevant details as you can recall (e.g., names, dates, times, behavior or statements made, etc.), which can be helpful in filling out a report later if needed.
The meeting organizers will maintain your confidentiality except where doing so would compromise another person’s rights or the organizer’s ability to conduct a thorough investigation. In such cases, the organizers will limit disclosure only to that information necessary to ensure proper investigation and compliance with procedures. No retaliation will be taken or tolerated against anyone who makes a good faith report of discrimination or harassment.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any participant at the 2023 Joint Meeting of the ASMB, HCS and ASIP including attendees, sponsors and anyone with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
The 2023 Joint Meeting of the ASMB, HCS and ASIP Planning Committee reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meetings, in-person or virtually.