Professional Conduct

Sexual Harassment Code of Conduct at SfN Events

The Society for Neuroscience is committed to supporting discovery and scientific dialogue, and to fostering a welcoming community in which all scientists are able to contribute fully. Reflecting these values, U.S. law, and policies established by scientific funding agencies and institutions, SfN asserts that sexual harassment and other harassing behaviors have no place in a healthy scientific enterprise. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, guests, and exhibitors at SfN-organized events to help us ensure a safe and positive environment.         

Following extensive leadership discussion, the Society will operate under with the following principles and procedures at all SfN-organized events:

  1. All members of the Society and all attendees at SfN-organized events are expected to understand that sexual harassment is unacceptable behavior and inconsistent with a healthy environment for scientific progress.

  2. SfN will stress this value through SfN-organized events and trainings, global partnerships, and other activities, and include a statement of expectations in materials associated with SfN-organized events, including the annual meeting.

  3. SfN believes home institutions and employers of our event attendees, including research institutions, companies, and other organizations, are best equipped to investigate allegations or violations by their faculty members, trainees, employees or affiliated individuals, and to evaluate and determine appropriate actions consistent with their employment and academic obligations.

  4. In the event of an allegation of sexual harassment at a SfN-organized event, SfN will document and refer allegations to an attendee’s organization for its review and sole determination regarding possible actions. To the extent possible, documentation will be held in confidence by SfN’s executive staff and legal counsel.

  5. As appropriate, SfN staff will help event participants contact convention center/hotel venue security, health services, or local law enforcement, to help them feel safe during SfN-organized events. An online resource center supported by the Office on Violence Against Women—ChangingOurCampus.org—will be widely communicated for information and resources on how to respond to and prevent sexual assault and for local support in annual meeting cities.

SfN values the participation of all attendees at SfN-organized events. We encourage attendees to report unwelcome or unsafe experiences, and we strive to create a productive and professionally stimulating experience.

Information for Attendees at SfN-Organized Events

SfN is committed to supporting discovery and scientific dialogue, and to fostering a welcoming community in which all scientists are able to contribute fully. The Society asserts that sexual harassment and other harassing behaviors have no place in a healthy scientific enterprise. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, guests, and exhibitors at SfN-organized events to help us ensure a safe and positive environment. At the convention center, onsite medical and security personnel are available directly or through the SfN headquarters office. 

If attendees experience unwelcome or unsafe situations anywhere in the city, attendees should swiftly contact local authorities (dial 9-1-1), and additional local social services resources are listed in one convenient location at the federal website www.changingourcampus.org. Any official report of sexual harassment should be brought to the designated Human Resources Officer in the SfN headquarters office at each meeting convention center, or sent via email to hrofficer@sfn.org. The HR Officer will facilitate the completion of a report by a complainant.