AES is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for all members. Accordingly, AES prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment (including among member, volunteers, and staff) in all Society activities, including events (online or in person), journal correspondence, social media, etc). Behaviour that undermines the integrity of intellectual discourse is an impediment to scientific progress and will not be tolerated. Unacceptable treatment of others includes (but is not limited to) harassment, stalking, belittling, discrimination, bullying/intimidation, assault, trolling, and retaliation (see below for descriptions). Any misconduct on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or other descriptive category will not be tolerated. Violations of the code of conduct can be reported and following an investigation consequences can range from notification/ warning to the offender to expulsion from current and/or future events or blocking social media accounts (see Implementation, Compliance, and Reporting [below]).

Types of inappropriate behaviors:

Exclude - to block someone’s access to resources or opportunities, make someone feel unwelcome, based on their identity or affiliation with a particular group

Belittle - to treat someone in a condescending manner or with the assumption of incompetence Discriminate - to make an unjust or prejudicial distinction in the treatment of someone based on their identity or affiliation with a particular group

Bully / Intimidate - to threaten, frighten, humiliate, or intimidate someone with abusive words or actions

Harass - to use words or actions that are unwanted, unwelcome, demeaning, degrading abusive or offensive, and to persist in such actions despite resistance, protest, or rebuke by the recipient(s) of those actions

Assault - to make unwelcome physical contact with anyone in any manner, including actual bodily harm and any form of unwanted sexual contact; to threaten bodily harm with an apparent present ability to cause harm

Retaliation - Taking retaliatory action against others who have, in good faith, raised concerns about their behaviour.

Reporting Inappropriate Behaviour

If you experience or witness a violation of the Code of Conduct:

● If you feel comfortable, talk to the person.
● If you don’t feel comfortable approaching the person, talk with an ally or report the incident.
If you need to report an incident, please contact our Safety Officers:

Michael J. McDonald

Iliana Medina Guzman