The Society for Developmental Biology Board of Directors has approved a new Code of Conduct Policy. See policy below.
The Society for Developmental Biology supports an environment for the exchange of scientific ideas that is grounded in dignity and respect for all program participants. The Society understands that a diverse, inclusive and collegial community culture promotes scientific creativity and progress, and it endeavors to adhere to this culture in all its educational, outreach, conference and awards activities.
No Harassment Policy
Program participants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to treat each other with respect. This expectation applies to the Board of Directors, other volunteers, members, event attendees, employees, consultants, vendors, and others while at the Society office, while representing the Society elsewhere, and while attending events organized by the Society.
Program participants shall not engage in any behavior that interferes with another’s ability to participate fully in the Society’s activities. In particular, program participants shall not make unwelcome sexual advances, make requests for sexual favors, or engage in other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual or offensive nature.
No Violence Policy
The Society has adopted a policy of “zero-tolerance” with respect to violence in the Society office, while representing the Society elsewhere, and while attending events organized by the Society. The Society prohibits acts or threats of violence by any program participant. In addition, the Society will not tolerate acts or threats of violence against program participants.
If a program participant discovers any conduct which they believe violates this policy or is otherwise detrimental to the Society, the are asked to promptly report it to the Executive Director.