Anti-harassment Policy and Code of Conduct

CLEO®/Europe-EQEC is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to the free and robust exchange of scientific ideas. This environment requires that all participants be treated with equal consideration and respect. While CLEO®/Europe-EQEC encourages vigorous debate of ideas, personal attacks create an environment in which people feel threatened or intimidated. This is not productive and does not advance the cause of science. All participants in CLEO®/Europe-EQEC and CLEO®/Europe-EQEC-managed events and activities are therefore expected to conduct themselves professionally and respectfully.

It is the policy of CLEO®/Europe-EQEC that all forms of bullying, discrimination, and harassment, sexual or otherwise, are prohibited in any CLEO®/Europe-EQEC or CLEO®/Europe-EQEC-managed events or activities. This policy applies to every individual at the event, whether attendee, speaker, exhibitor, award recipient, staff, contractor or other. It is also a violation of this policy to retaliate against an individual for reporting bullying, discrimination or harassment or to intentionally file a false report of bullying, discrimination, or harassment.

 Bullying, discrimination, and harassment of any sort by someone in a position of power, prestige or authority is particularly harmful since those of lower status or rank may be hesitant to express their objections or discomfort out of fear of retaliation.

CLEO®/Europe-EQEC may take any disciplinary action it deems appropriate if, after thorough investigation, it finds a violation occurred.