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Code of Conduct

VSS attendees must agree to this Code of Conduct.

The Vision Sciences Society (VSS) is dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression. We are committed to running a successful virtual meeting that fosters discussion and camaraderie and that celebrates the diversity of the global Vision Sciences community. These aims and goals require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity.

To help ensure adherence to these principles during the conference, each presenter, speaker and attendee must adhere to the following code of conduct. The expected behavior extends to all activities that are part of V-VSS including pre-recorded sessions, posters, live presentations, workshops, as well as chat and social media.

General Behavior

Attendees are expected to respect each other and behave in a generally civil fashion. Attendees should respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, courtesy, and respect for all meeting participants.

Anti-Discrimination

VSS prohibits discrimination against other meeting participants because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, or different abilities.

Harassment-Free Environment

VSS is dedicated to providing its members and meeting attendees a harassment-free experience. Harassment in any form, including but not limited to, harassment based on national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held, will not be tolerated. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Enforcement Policy

Violations of any of the above policy should be reported immediately to any VSS Board Member or to Shauney Wilson, the VSS Executive Director.

Participants or affiliates of VSS who are asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in behaviour that violates the Code of Conduct, the event moderator or representative of the Board of Directors will remind participants of the code of conduct, may warn the offender, may ask them to leave the event or platform, or may engage the Board of Directors to investigate the Code of Conduct violation and determine appropriate response.

In the event that credible findings of misconduct are brought forward concerning a VSS member, conference attendee, invited speaker, or award recipient, the VSS Board of Directors will consider withholding or revoking the membership, volunteer leadership position, invitation, or award. Disciplinary action may also include or consist of reprimand, limitation of participation in current or future VSS events, and termination of an individual's leadership position within VSS. The Board of Directors also reserves the right to inform the individual's home institution or workplace of violations of the code of conduct.

In addition, any participants who abuse the reporting process will be considered to be in violation of these guidelines and subject to the same consequences.

This statement has drawn material from policies developed by other societies including the Mozilla Community Participation Guidelines, ARVO, the Society for Neuroscience, Neuromatch Academy and the Ada Initiative Code of Conduct.