Virtual Event Code of Conduct

SQFI/FMI is committed to providing a professional, safe, supportive, productive, and respectful environment for all meeting participants and FMI staff, regardless of a person’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, religion, disability status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical appearance, or other personal characteristics. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, sponsors, SQFI/FMI staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Event Program Code of Conduct (Policy). This Policy applies to all SQFI/FMI meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than SQFI/FMI but held in conjunction with SQFI/FMI events, on public or private platforms.

SQFI/FMI expects individuals to uphold the professional and educational purposes of SQFI/FMI and its events by respecting the rights, privacy, safety, and dignity of all persons. SQFI/FMI expects individuals to exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions. SQFI/FMI expects individuals to refrain from harassing speech, bullying and other harassing behavior.

SQFI/FMI has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. Any participant who experiences, observes or who feels unsafe due to an instance of the unacceptable behavior outlined below is encouraged to send an email to Carol Abel, Vice President, Education Program Development, or 202-220-0730.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form. Harassment, aggression, and intimidation are hurtful and interfere with other people’s experience and participation in our community. These behaviors are inappropriate and unacceptable.
  • Abuse, spoken or written, of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, FMI staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
    • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, sustained or repeated disruption of talks or other events, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation or unwelcome sexual attention of any kind, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, harassing photography or recording, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, FMI staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
    • Disruption of presentations during sessions or at other events organized by FMI throughout the virtual meetingParticipants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
  • Participant should not make any visual or audio recording of any conversation that takes place in virtual meeting rooms without the explicit permission of ALL participants in the room. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any FMI event staff.

SQFI/FMI reserves to right to remove any content that does not adhere to the Policy both in the virtual event platform and on all SQFI/FMI social media channels.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately SQFI/FMI reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and SQFI/FMI reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person. Any individual who is expelled from an event for violating this Policy will not be eligible for a refund or other consolation.

COVID-19, Xenophobia, and Racism

Across the United States right now, COVID-19 infections increase along with feelings of anxiety, isolation, and fear. Along with those feelings, the world has seen an increase in misinformation, xenophobia, and racism. This has resulted in physical, financial, emotional, and psychological harm to our Asian and Pacific Islander colleagues, and will not be tolerated during any SQFI/FMI event, including this year’s virtual conference. Please only use the names provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), “coronavirus” or “COVID-19” when discussing COVID-19 topics.