PSA Meeting Code of Conduct

PSA meetings are open to PSA members as well as others interested in phycology. PSA is committed to providing a safe, productive and welcoming environment for all meeting participants. All participants including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, and service providers are expected to abide by this PSA Meeting Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all PSA meeting-related events including those sponsored by organizations other than PSA but held in conjunction with PSA events, in both public and private facilities.

Expected Behavior

• All participants, attendees, and vendors are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.

• Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

• Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.

• Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, and suppliers/vendors.

• Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert PSA leadership if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

• Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, hotels, PSA contracted facility, or any other venue.

Unacceptable Behavior

• Harassment, intimidation or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.

• Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, service provider or other meeting guest will not be tolerated.

• Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, as well as inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, and threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, service provider or other meeting guest.

• Recording or taking photography of another individual’s presentation without the explicit permission of the presenter is not allowed.

• Disruption of talks at oral or poster sessions, in the exhibit hall or at other events organized by PSA at the meeting venue, hotels, or other PSA contracted facilities is not allowed.


• Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

• PSA leadership (or their designee) or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.

• PSA reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

• If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately notify a member of the PSA leadership.

• Notification should be done by contacting PSA leadership on-site or e-mailing your concern to one or more of the following representatives for 2019: Kirsten Müller, PSA President (, Amy Carlile, Program Director (, Dail Laughinghouse, 2019 Local Organizer (

• Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety at a PSA meeting is advised to either tell a security guard or locate a venue phone and ask for security.