We expect all participants at ACC meetings to abide by this Code of Conduct in all venues throughout ACC meetings, including ancillary events and social gatherings, whether they are official or unofficial, in-person or virtual.
If you feel you are being subjected to, or notice that someone else is being subjected to, behavior that violates this Code of Conduct, contact a member of ACC staff as soon as possible.
All reports will be kept confidential.
Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:
If You Witness or Experience Conduct That Violates the Code
If you feel threatened or witness someone being threatened, please contact venue staff/security or call 911 immediately. ACC staff are available to assist participants in contacting hotel/convention center security or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of the meeting. We value your attendance and want to make your experience as productive and professionally inspiring as possible.
Need to file a complaint? Please contact the ACC leadership for a complaint form. A copy of the complaint will be provided to the accused for an opportunity to respond.
If possible, provide the following information, preferably in writing:
All complaints will be treated seriously and responded to promptly.
We Respect Your Confidentiality
The rights and privacy of those involved, including the rights of those who are being investigated, are protected. Keep in mind that if you report a concern, your identity will only be revealed if it is absolutely necessary and only to those who have a clear need to know so they can completely address and resolve the incident you reported.
You Don’t Have to Give Your Name
If you decide to report a concern anonymously, please be sure to provide as many details as possible. To facilitate as complete an investigation as possible with an anonymous report, we need to know who, what, when, where, why, and how, as outlined above.
You May Receive Updates
After you file a report, you may receive periodic updates. Keep in mind, however, that you may not see any obvious signs that your complaint is being reviewed or investigated. In fact, because of our commitment to confidential and fair investigations, you might never know all that was done to investigate or what corrective actions were taken. You are free to contact an ACC staff member at any time for an update.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any attendee, sponsor, venue staff, or vendor will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, ACC staff may remove said participant from the meeting, without refund, and/or said participant may be banned from future ACC events. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions, including the possibility of reporting to local law enforcement.