Code of Conduct

SMBE is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for all members. Accordingly, SMBE prohibits all forms of discrimination and harassment (including among member, volunteers, and staff) in all Society activities, including events (online or in person), journal correspondence, social media, etc). Behaviour that undermines the integrity of intellectual discourse is an impediment to scientific progress and will not be tolerated. Unacceptable treatment of others includes (but is not limited to) harassment, stalking, belittling, discrimination, bullying/intimidation, assault, trolling, and retaliation (see below for descriptions). Any misconduct on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, physical appearance, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or other descriptive category will not be tolerated.

Violations of the code of conduct can be reported and following an investigation consequences can range from notification/ warning to the offender to expulsion from current and/or future events or blocking social media accounts (see Implementation, Compliance, and Reporting [below]).          

Examples/descriptions of inappropriate behaviors

●     Harassment  Using words or actions that are unwanted, unwelcome, demeaning, degrading abusive or offensive, and to persist in such actions despite declination, resistance, protest, or rebuke by the recipient(s) of those actions; also stalking (physically) or trolling (digitally).

●     Belittling  Treating someone in a condescending manner and/or with the assumption of incompetence. 

●     Discrimination   Unjust treatment, discriminatory comments, examples, and/or jokes, or evaluation based on their identity or affiliation with a particular group.

●     Bullying / Intimidation / Trolling   Threatening, frightening, humiliating, or intimidating someone with abusive words or actions, in person or online.

●     Assault   Making unwelcome physical contact with anyone in any manner, including actual bodily harm and any form of unwanted sexual contact; to threaten bodily harm with an apparent ability to cause harm.      

●     Retaliation   Taking retaliatory action against others who have, in good faith, raised concerns about their behaviour.

Implementation, Compliance and Reporting

Improving the climate within our society and at our meetings is an endeavor that benefits from the engagement and participation of all our members. Upholding our statement of values and code of conduct is an important criterion for all of our awards, including those focused on research excellence.

If you experience or witness a violation of the Code of Conduct:

●     If you feel comfortable, talk to the person.

●     If you don’t feel comfortable approaching the person, talk with an ally or report the incident.

If you need to report an incident, please contact our Safety Officers:

Sarah Schaack and Stephen Wright at

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Neither SMBE nor the SMBE Annual Meeting organizers shall be responsible for any defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of Meeting participants, and shall not be held liable for personal injury, property damage, theft or damage of any kind suffered by the participants at or in connection with the SMBE Annual Meeting.

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