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ASAM Virtual.2021 Code of Conduct
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Code of Conduct
This Code of Personal Conduct (Code) applies to all persons involved in activities related to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) when they are engaged in conduct involving ASAM, including conduct:
• by and toward ASAM leadership, employees, members, contractors, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, visitors, students, educators, speakers, attendees, and any others involved in any ASAM activities;
• involving ASAM conferences, exhibitions, meetings, courses, programs, offerings, services, any other business functions, and any social or personal interactions related to these or other ASAM activities.
This Code supplements and does not diminish any other codes, policies or agreements that apply to particular types of persons involved in ASAM activities. This Code requires the highest standards of professional, respectful, ethical, inclusive, safe and lawful conduct. Individuals must adhere to this Code in connection with all activities related to ASAM. Companies involved in ASAM activities must assure that all individuals who work for them are made aware of and adhere to this Code in connection with ASAM activities. The following list provides examples of behaviors that are prohibited under this Code. The list is not exhaustive, and the general standards above apply to all conduct:
• Discriminatory, harassing or offensive conduct related to race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, religion, disability or other characteristics protected by law.
• Sexual harassment of a physical or verbal nature, including inappropriate touching, advances, attention, jokes or comments.
• Threats or acts of violence, including verbal or physical assault (e.g., threats, annoyance, pushing, shoving or physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates anxiety or apprehension in an individual), as determined by the event organizer and its representatives, in their sole discretion;
• Disorderly conduct.
• Boisterous, lewd or offensive behavior or content (e.g., containing profanity, obscene gestures, or slurs - racial, religious, gender, ethnic)[MM1]
• Possessing, using or distributing illicit substances (as defined by U.S. Federal law)or impaired behavior as the result of drugs or alcohol.
• Possessing firearms, weapons or explosives on or about ASAM premises or premises of ASAM events (unless authorized security personnel).
• Fraud, dishonesty, forgery or theft of property.
• Violation of applicable federal, state or local law or policies of ASAM or venues hosting ASAM events.
ASAM is committed to supporting a productive and safe working environment for everyone at a meeting or event. Persons experiencing or witnessing harassment – or wrongful conduct of any kind -- are encouraged to report it by one of the methods listed below and providing as many details as possible. Reports may be made anonymously, although ASAM can investigate and handle a complaint more effectively if the identities of both the alleged victim and harasser are known.
For situations with no immediate danger, contact:
(1) Jennifer Clark, email@example.com
(2) Arlene Deverman, firstname.lastname@example.org
*If emailing, use “CODE OF CONDUCT” in subject line
An investigation will be conducted as appropriate, based upon the nature of the complaint. In most situations, the investigator will discuss the complaint details first with the individual filing the report, and may also contact the alleged offender.
ASAM will take action when appropriate to protect the safety and well-being of its employees, members, contractors, exhibitors, vendors, volunteers, visitors, students, educators, speakers, attendees, and any others involved in any ASAM activities. Actions may include a verbal or written warning, suspension or ejection from ASAM activities, termination of the relationship with ASAM or other action appropriate to the circumstances. ASAM may also contact law enforcement authorities if it appears that laws were broken.
ASAM prohibits retaliation against an individual for making a report in good faith that this Code has been violated. It is also a violation to report an incident in bad faith. ASAM will take action against any person found to be committing a willful violation.
Any questions concerning this Code should also be directed to one of the ASAM officials identified above.