Code of Conduct

Anne Lister Research Summit is committed to providing a welcoming and harassment-free environment for participants of all races, gender and trans statuses, sexual orientations, physical abilities, physical appearances, and beliefs.

We’ve written this code of conduct not because we expect bad behavior from our community—which, in our experience, is overwhelmingly kind and civil—but because we believe a clear code of conduct is one necessary part of building a respectful community space.

Participants agree to:

  • Be considerate in speech and actions, and actively seek to acknowledge and respect fellow attendees’ boundaries.

  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.

    Harassment includes, but is not limited to: deliberate intimidation; stalking; unwanted photography or recording (including screenshots of individuals on live video—which may also be illegal); sustained or willful disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome attention; and use of discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes.

If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately, please alert any member of the Summit team directly, via, or direct message @AListerSummit on Twitter.

  • Take care of each other. Alert a member of the Summit team if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

  • A unique aspect of online communities is that they are not bound by a place, physical or digital. While the Summit activities start on live video sessions, conversations evolve, and individuals continue to communicate elsewhere, such as social media, email or in person.

    If you feel that someone has harassed you or otherwise treated you inappropriately elsewhere (such as on Twitter or Facebook) or if you witness this happening to another participant as a consequence of having interacted with someone during the Summit, please alert any member of the Summit team directly, via, or direct message @AListerSummit on Twitter.

  • If any participant engages in harassing behavior, the Summit team may take any lawful action we deem appropriate, including but not limited to warning the offender or asking the offender to leave the Summit.

    If you feel you have been unfairly accused of violating this code of conduct, you should contact the conference team with a concise description of your grievance using the
    email; any grievances filed will be considered by the entire Summit team.

This code of conduct covers the entire duration of the Summit, as well as any ongoing community and communication related to the event.

During the Summit, we will publicize two ways to report issues, emailing or direct messaging @AListerSummit on Twitter, in addition to pointing out individuals who are part of the Summit team, so you know who to contact if you see or experience an issue.

We welcome your feedback on this and every other aspect of the Summit, and we thank you for working with us to make it a safe, enjoyable, and friendly experience for everyone who participates.