Event Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and volunteers at our face-to-face and virtual events such as TAM Workshops and Annual Meeting are required to adhere to the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religious preferences, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media. Event participants violating these rules may be warned, sanctioned, or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the event organizers.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors and exhibitors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors and exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or sanctioning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

We also expect all participants to conduct themselves with integrity, respect, honesty, and credibility; approach all events and interactions in accordance with the highest ethical standards of professionalism and personal conduct; and avoid all activities that will cause damage to or discredit your organization, TAM, or yourself.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other related concerns, please contact a member of the TAM Staff or Councilors immediately. You may also send a report to admin@texasmuseums.org.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.

Adapted from the Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists' code of conduct and the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) code of conduct.