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PTPL holds online and in-person conferences, courses, webinars, email discussions and other events to enable its members to receive continuing education, grow professionally and build professional networks.

PTPL is 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, national origin, religion, or economic status. We do not tolerate the harassment of PTPL members and others who participate in PTPL conferences, events, meetings, conference sponsored social activities and online spaces in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, receptions, Twitter and other online media, unless it is specifically relevant to the research being presented. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion (or lack thereof)
  • Sexual images in public spaces (unless it is specifically relevant to the research being presented)
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Action or language that makes other participants feel unwelcome or unsafe
  • Disrespectful or disruptive behavior
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
  • Speakers are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others.

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all online events, including webinars, online courses, and email discussion.


  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  • Speakers, presenters, and exhibitors are also subject to the code of conduct.
  • If a participant engages in harassing behavior, PTPL retains the right to take any actions to keep the conference a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expelling the offender from the conference with no refund.
  • PTPL may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the conference or making the environment hostile for any participants.
  • Conference participants are expected to respect this policy at all conference venues and conference-related social activities.
  • Serious and/or persistent violations may result in inability to attend future conferences or ability to participate in PTPL activities. Persons who have been expelled or denied access may appeal to the PTPL Board.
  • Early termination of a talk that violates the policy.
  • Not publishing the video or slides of a talk that violated the policy.
  • Not allowing a speaker who violated the policy to give further talks at the event.
  • Requiring that the harasser immediately leave the event and not return.
  • Banning the harasser from future events.
  • Publishing an account of the harassment.


  • Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our events for everyone. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, if someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, or if you have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Board as soon as possible. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.
  • Board members will identify themselves at the start of the conference or training. Contact information for the Board will be available throughout the event.
  • Report incidents of any kind to the PTPL Chair.

This policy is primarily based on:

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