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Commitment to Providing a Safe Environment

The Developmental Biology of Sea Urchins and other Marine Invertebrates community is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming environment for all participants regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, skin color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, sexual preference, age, military or veteran status, marital status, or disability. DBSUMI is strongly committed to promoting principles of integrity, civility, diversity, equity, inclusion and respect.


Code of Conduct

DBSUMI meetings should provide an effective forum to consider and debate scientific viewpoints in a respectful, civil, and fair manner. Conference participants are expected to uphold standards of scientific integrity and professional ethics and must comply with these standards of behavior.  To that end, all DBSUMI attendees must comply with the following Code of Conduct. 


The policies described in the DBSUMI Code of Conduct apply to all attendees, speakers, volunteers, and guests attending the meeting and related activities and include engagement via online platforms.  These policies will be in effect during all oral and poster sessions as well as social and dining engagements.


Prohibited behaviors at DBSUMI 2023 include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping)

  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact

  • Real or implied threat of physical, professional, or financial damage or harm

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning speech or actions

  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to, among other things, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation/preference, age, or disability (including in presentation slides)

  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images (including in presentation slides)

  • Photographing persons or presentations without permission

  • Disruption of scientific sessions or other events


Reporting Misconduct

Any violations of the above code of conduct – either experienced or witnessed – should be reported to the local meeting organizer and/or to on-site security personnel.


Violations may also be reported anonymously using this form.  Complaints will be directed to the conference organizers via email and investigated with the same gravity as those reported in person.


Any person experiencing harassment is not required to discuss the incident with the offending party unless they feel comfortable doing so.  All complaints will be treated seriously and addressed promptly. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent that it does not compromise the rights of others or the need to conduct an adequate investigation and to the extent allowed by law.


Consequences of Harassment

The DBSUMI organizers reserve the right to remove any attendee, without refund, who has violated the Code of Conduct and may request the assistance of on-site security and/or police if necessary. Violators of the Code of Conduct may be barred from future DBSUMI meetings.


Additional Resources

Individuals who have additional questions, concerns or complains are encouraged to contact one of the conference organizers or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  Complaints can be filed with the HHS OCR in writing by mail, fax, e-mail, or via the OCR Complaint Portal.  Filing a complaint with the OCR does not require that the individual files a complaint with a DBSU conference organizer.  Conversely, filing a complaint with DBSU does not prohibit filing complains with HHS OCR. 

Any person experiencing harassment also retains the right to notify the NIH about concerns of harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination, and other forms of inappropriate conduct.  Please visit the NIH Find Help page for additional information.

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