Code of Conduct

We realize that the shift from in-person events (including but not limited to the general conference, pre-conference forums, professional development events) to virtual events means there may be some questions about acceptable behavior. As such, the ASHE Board of Directors has adopted a Virtual Code of Conduct, which provides specific (albeit not exhaustive) examples. 

ASHE Virtual Code of Conduct 

Approved by the ASHE Board of Directors, July 29, 2020

Scope: This policy applies to all virtual ASHE events, synchronous and asynchronous.

ASHE is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for event participants. Participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this Virtual Code of Conduct as well as ASHE Ethical Principles ( and ASHE Code of Ethics ( 

As is commonplace in academic discourse and professional associations, participants are welcome and encouraged to express an opinion, raise research, or describe an experience that may differ from others if it is part of an on-point discussion of the topic at hand and is offered in a manner that does not interfere with others’ reasonable ability to participate fully. However, participants should refrain from engaging in unacceptable behavior. Though it is not possible to list all forms of behavior that are unacceptable in an academic association’s professional settings, participants should generally avoid expressions or conduct that either intends to or results in harm to another and takes place without scholarly justification, including (but not limited to) harassment, theft of intellectual property, and unapproved promotions.  

ASHE has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination, harassment, or intimidation of any form, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants. Examples of these include, but are not limited to, comments related to gender, sexual orientation, 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. This also includes the disruption of presentations/presenters as well as taking screenshots of participants and/or any chat room activity without consent. 

ASHE also wants to protect members from theft of intellectual property and/or the dissemination of papers, comments, or ideas without the consent of authors/presenters. Participants should not record or live stream presentations and discussions that occur during events; nor copy or take screenshots of presentation materials unless explicit (and ideally written) permission is granted by the presenter/author. If something being presented is of interest to you, we suggest contacting the presenter directly, either via the chat or Q&A function or via email after the presentation.
Finally, events should not be used for purposes other than which they were intended. Participants should not promote products or services, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicit for services during events unless expressly approved by ASHE in writing. 

For most events, an ASHE Event Staff member will be in attendance to support presenters and attendees in upholding these guidelines. If you experience any incidents of unacceptable behavior, you can private message the ASHE Event Staff and/or inform ASHE Conference Coordinator James Hines at or ASHE Executive Director Dr. Jason P. Guilbeau at or (702) 895-2737. 

All participants must comply with the instructions of the event moderator and any ASHE Event Staff. Appeals to decisions can be directed to ASHE Executive Director Dr. Jason P. Guilbeau at

In the interest of providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment, ASHE Event Staff reserve the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the event without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior.