Virtual Program Code of Conduct

IAS-USA Virtual Programs Code of Conduct

IAS-USA is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and IAS-USA staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, IAS-USA staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Program Code of Conduct.  This policy applies to all IAS-USA meeting related events on public or private platforms. Please take a moment to review these important guidelines. If you have questions, please contact us at

IAS-USA has zero-tolerance for any form of harassment or discrimination, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, IAS-USA asks that you contact us at  so that we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Intimidation, harassment, or any form of discrimination.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, service provider, IAS-USA staff member, or other meeting guest.
    • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, physical appearance, disability, body size, religion, race, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, IAS-USA staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.

In addition, participants are asked to adhere to the following rules:

  • The recording or transmissions of any education sessions, presentations, or content in any format is strictly prohibited.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, or at other events organized by IAS-USA throughout the virtual meeting is prohibited. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any IAS-USA virtual event staff.
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. IAS-USA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
  • Do not post anything in chat boxes, or on social media that you would not want the world to see or that you would not want anyone to know came from you.
  • IAS-USA reserves the right to reject/delete any messaging, posting and/or presentation for any reason.


As a participant, you agree to adhere to all of the safety rules and guidelines put in place for IAS-USA events, and that you will serve as an ambassador for the organization in assisting others to do the same. It will be your responsibility to monitor the event website and your email for communications regarding any changes to the current guidelines.

IAS-USA 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 IAS-USA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.