OSM Code of Conduct
About the Code of Conduct
The Ocean Sciences Meeting, open to AGU, ASLO and TOS members and those interested in marine sciences, is among the most respected scientific meetings in ocean sciences community. AGU, ASLO and TOS, the co-sponsoring societies, are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and AGU, ASLO and TOS staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AGU , ASLO and TOS staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by this Ocean Sciences Meeting Code of Conduct. This code of conduct applies to all Ocean Sciences Meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than AGU, ASLO and TOS but held in conjunction with Ocean Sciences Meeting events, in public or private facilities.
- All participants, attendees, AGU, ASLO and TOS staff, 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, AGU, ASLO or TOS staff, and suppliers/vendors.
- Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
- Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels, Ocean Sciences Meeting contracted facility, or any other venue.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AGU, ASLO or TOS staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
The following behaviors are not tolerated at the Ocean Sciences Meeting and events:
- Harassment, bullying, intimidation, or discrimination in any form;
- Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, AGU, ASLO or TOS staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest; and
- Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by AGU, ASLO or TOS at the meeting venue, hotels, or other Ocean Sciences Meeting-contracted facilities.
Consequences and Reporting Unacceptable Behavior
Co-sponsoring society staff wearing “Safe OSM” buttons are trained to assist you if you need to report a harassment or other safety/security issue.
Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. Co-sponsoring society staff (or their designee) or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.
AGU, ASLO and TOS reserve the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting. Individuals are subject to other consequences as set forth in our Scientific Integrity and Professional Ethics Policy, as applicable.
If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, please immediately notify a co-sponsoring society staff member or AGU, ASLO or TOS volunteer in a leadership position onsite.
If you experience or witness behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety is advised to contact 911 and locate a house phone and ask for security.