SCBE Events Code of Conduct

The Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics has attempted to nurture an academic culture that embraces the importance of diversity, supports the mentorship of young scholars, cultivates the value of interdisciplinarity, exemplifies intellectual and ethical integrity, and respects differences of opinion and perspective. With that academic culture in mind, the organizers and hosts of SCBE events are committed to providing a safe and productive meeting environment that fosters open dialogue and the exchange of scientific ideas, promotes equal opportunities and treatment for all participants, and is free of harassment and discrimination. All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert organizers, staff or security of any dangerous situations or anyone in distress. Speakers are expected to uphold standards of scientific integrity and professional ethics. SCBE event organizers recognize that there are areas of science that are controversial. SCBE events can serve as an effective space to consider and debate science-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful, and fair manner. These considerations apply to all organizers, hosts, attendees, speakers, and guests at SCBE events.

In the current virtual context, the SCBE event organizers and hosts prohibit any form of harassment. Harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate or intimidating language, unwelcome jokes or comments, sustained disruption, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Harassment should be reported immediately to the event organizers or staff. Sanctions may range from a verbal warning to removal from the virtual event, to notifying the appropriate authorities.