Code of Conduct
The PAEA Education Forum is a national conference intended for education, networking, and collaboration in the PA education community. We value the participation of each member of the PA education community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. PAEA is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Accordingly, all attendees are expected to show respect and courtesy to other attendees.
This code of conduct outlines the expectations for all conference attendees and participants, including all members, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers. Cooperation is expected from everyone throughout the conference and at all conference events, whether or not officially sponsored by PAEA, and conference organizers will actively enforce this code. Violations are taken seriously.
PAEA expects conference participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity, and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, PAEA expects that any sharing of information about the organization or any event, attendees, or participants via public communication channels be shared responsibly and in a way that clearly distinguishes individual opinion from fact.
Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for the Education Forum.
PAEA does not tolerate harassment of conference participants or PAEA staff in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments and negative behavior, either in real or virtual spaces, including those that are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment also includes display of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. Conference participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any PAEA event venue, including education sessions, workshops, social gatherings, and within social media channels. Sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers may not use sexualized language, images, activities, or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for the Education Forum.
If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
Thank you for helping to make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.
Reporting Inappropriate Behavior
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a PAEA staff member. Conference staff will be wearing PAEA name badges. You may also contact hotel staff and ask to be put in touch with the PAEA conference manager.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to help them feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.