OBFS Code of Conduct

OBFS is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, OBFS board members, service providers, and others are expected to abide by this OBFS Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct applies to all OBFS meeting-related events, including those sponsored by organizations other than OBFS but held in conjunction with OBFS events, in public or private facilities.

Expected Behavior

  • All participants, attendees, and vendors are treated with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

  • Communicate openly with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.

  • Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, and suppliers/vendors.

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert OBFS board members or site host staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress. Board members will have name tags with a ribbon or a star to distinguish them as reporting entities.

  • Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue, lodging, hosts, or any other venue associated with the meeting.

Unacceptable Behavior

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated.

  • Physical or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, OBFS board member, service provider, or other meeting guest.

  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal 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 any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, OBFS board member, service provider, or other meeting guest.

  • Disruption of presentations during the meeting, or at other events organized by OBFS at the meeting venue, hotels, or other associated facilities.


  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

  • The OBFS board, meeting hosts, or security may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.

  • OBFS may report misconduct to the violator’s home institution.

  • OBFS reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

  • If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately notify an OBFS board member, an OBFS volunteer in a leadership position, site host staff, or local authorities.


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