Scholarly Communication Symposium

Code of Conduct


UNC Greensboro is dedicated to providing collaborative and conference experiences that are free from all forms of harassment, and inclusive of all people. Small actions you can take will help us meet this goal. For instance, we suggest: listening as much as you speak and remembering that colleagues may have expertise you are unaware of; encouraging and yielding the floor to those whose viewpoints may be under-represented in a group; using welcoming language, for instance by honoring pronoun preferences and favoring gender-neutral collective nouns (“people,” not “guys”); accepting critique graciously and offering it constructively; giving credit where it is due; seeking concrete ways to make physical spaces and online resources more universally accessible; and staying alert, as Active Bystanders, to the welfare of those around you.

Likewise, it is important to understand the range of behaviors that may constitute harassment. Harassment can include unwelcome or offensive verbal comments or nonverbal expressions related to: age; appearance or body size; employment or military status; ethnicity; gender identity or expression; individual lifestyles; marital status; national origin; physical or cognitive ability; political affiliation; sexual orientation; race; or religion. Harassment can also include use of sexual and/or discriminatory images in public spaces (including online); deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; bullying behavior; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

Sexual, discriminatory, or potentially triggering language and imagery is generally inappropriate for any UNC Greensboro hosted material. However, this policy is not intended to constrain responsible scholarly or professional discourse and debate. We welcome engagement with difficult topics, done with respect and care. That said, we will not tolerate harassment of participant in a UNC Greensboro Scholarly Communication Symposium in any form.


Please be thoughtful and respectful with your photographs, recording, and sharing on social media.

While we encourage in-person dialogue during SCS2019, we also encourage participants to engage with social media as a way to enrich their own experience and to engage with other attendees and with those who may not be able to attend.By default, participants may discuss presentations on social media and share quotes and photographs publicly. Presenters who do not wish to be photographed or have their presentations discussed on social media may say so at the beginning of the session or at any time during it. Presenters may specify which activities they are comfortable with – for example, they may be OK with pictures of their slides but not of themselves, or with general discussion but not direct quotation. Participants are expected to honor presenters’ wishes in this area. Attendees should always ask prior to creating sound or video recordings of any sessions.
Members, guests, and those using event hashtags are expected to comply with applicable social media platform policies, including those on harassment and abuse.  Violations of these policies will be reported and addressed via the appropriate channels.  


If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the UNC Greensboro staff or a designated community volunteer immediately.  They will assist participants by contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, providing escorts, or otherwise helping those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

To report incidents after our event, in online venues, or on-site but in the absence of a staff member, please contact However, if you or others are in imminent danger, please first phone emergency services at 911. 

All reports and inquiries will be handled in confidence.

Participants at the UNC Greensboro Scholarly Communication Symposium who are asked to stop harassing or intimidating behaviors are expected to comply immediately. Those who violate our code of conduct may be warned, sanctioned, or expelled at the discretion of the organizers.

We value your presence and constructive participation in our shared community, and thank you for your attention to the comfort, safety, and well-being of fellow participants in the UNC Greensboro Scholarly Communication Symposium.

This code of conduct is a derivative of the DLF Code of Conduct, used under CC BY-NC 4.0.