IBNS Code of Conduct

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (“IBNS”) continues to be dedicated toward providing a safe environment for all participants and attendees at all official IBNS events by welcoming people from all walks of life, irrespective of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender status, mental health status, religion, able bodiedness, national origin, and political views, or any other basis protected by federal or pertinent state laws. IBNS does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and is committed to enforcing this Code of Conduct (the “Code”) at every IBNS event including its annual meeting. IBNS upholds the philosophy of equal opportunity for all and fair treatment to all, enabling the encouragement of free expression, and exchange of scientific and educational ideas.

This Code is an expression of the values held by IBNS and its commitment to hosting a safe and productive environment for all attendees and participants. This Code is not in any way a description of legal obligations.

Harassment comes in many forms, none of which will be tolerated, including verbal, physical, and visual conduct that can create an intimidating, offensive, or hostile environment. Specific examples include derogatory comments, degrading or obscene words, demeaning statements, offensive gestures, targeted at someone’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, perceived disability, or any other basis protected by federal or pertinent laws and ordinances. Sexual harassment explicitly includes unwelcome conduct that is sexual in nature, such as unwanted advances, innuendos, proposition, leering, sexually suggestive comments, etc.. Such harassment can be conducted by any individual/group toward any other. Consensual contact can be made, but can become harassment when one party withdraws consent. Any harassment will not be tolerated. Although the above list is not exhaustive, IBNS employs a “zero-tolerance” policy and IBNS reserves the right to discipline infractions deemed to be harassment even if not spelled out herein.

Individuals can report an incident as a witness or having experienced the inappropriate behavior. To report an incident, contact the Executive Director of IBNS Central Office, Ms. Marianne Van Wagner at [email protected] +01 830-796-9393 or 1-866-377-4416 (toll free from within the United States). Anyone reporting incidents are not required or expected to discuss with the alleged offender. If the harassment is an immediate or serious threat to those present or the public, security should be notified immediately.

IBNS will take steps toward promptly and completely addressing any concerns raised and will correct such conduct. IBNS will make every effort to maintain confidentiality of the reporting individual and will not deliberately share any personal information. The following steps will be taken in any investigation: 1) document the event; 2) interview the complainant; 3) conduct additional interviews if necessary and/or possibly including the alleged offender; 4) document findings; and 5) inform the complainant of findings. Corrective measures will be taken against any person found to have engaged in conduct prohibited by The Code.

The following disciplinary action may be taken by IBNS: 1) private reprimand; 2) removal from the meeting without warning or refund; 3) implement conditions upon future IBNS attendances; 4) restriction from future IBNS meetings; 5) expulsion from the society; and 6) potential reporting to the proper authorities. The individual remains free to report any incident to the relevant authorities throughout. Importantly, IBNS will not tolerate any form of retaliation and any retaliatory behavior will be subject to further investigation and discipline.