code of conduct
The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies (FACSS) and the SciX Conference organizers are dedicated to providing a professional, pleasant and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, religion or any other basis prohibited by law. We do not tolerate unprofessional behavior or harassment of conference participants in any form. Language or behavior that is offensive or unwelcoming to others is not appropriate at any FACSS-sponsored event. Disruptive or unprofessional behavior, including talking, use of cell phones, and unsanctioned photography/video/screen recording or any other form of digital capture is not permitted in any sessions or anywhere in a virtual conference interface. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
While in oral or poster sessions and award ceremonies:
Expected Behavior throughout the Conference:
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Exhibitors, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also held to the community standards described in this Code of Conduct. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material.
Participants must follow this Code of Conduct at all physical and virtual conference venues and conference-related social activities.
Participants asked to stop any behavior in violation of this Code of Conduct must comply immediately.
If a participant engages in behavior in violation of this Code of Conduct, conference organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a professional and welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion of the offender from the conference without a refund.
Conference organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting an event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
FACSS/SciX are actively engaging in developing guidance for leadership, volunteers and staff to help monitor for behavior in violation of this code of conduct and to intervene as appropriate. That said, there must also be a mechanism for attendees to report such behavior. If you experience or observe unprofessional conduct, harassment, or other Code of Conduct violations, please report it as soon as possible. Make a report during regular conference and event hours -
To ensure your report is managed properly, volunteers and staff will alert the FACSS Governing Board Chair and the FACSS Account Executive (or their designees), who will arrange to receive the details of your report in a safe environment where you cannot be overheard. Once safe, you will be asked to state what happened. This can be upsetting, but will be handled as respectfully as possible, and you may bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone, and no one will be told who you are.
The FACSS/SciX team can help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, or local support services; provide escorts; or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
If you are not comfortable reporting, anonymous reporting is also possible. While this limits our ability to follow-up, we still encourage anonymous reporting over not reporting an issue at all.
If you feel you are in danger, observe someone else or are yourself considering harm to yourself or someone else, or if it is after hours and you do not receive a response via one of the reporting mechanisms above, you should contact local law enforcement, hotel or event center security, local hotlines, or emergency services as appropriate. FACSS/SciX officers and staff are not available at all hours and are not equipped or trained to respond to emergencies or situations involving violence or other physical altercations.
FACSS brings together fourteen diverse member organizations from around the world. As a volunteer-based organization that supports analytical chemists and spectroscopists, our core tenet is that we are all stronger together.
The recent events surrounding George Floyd's death have reignited a conversation about race, inclusivity, social norms, and diversity around the world. As a community, FACSS does not tolerate racism nor any other form of discrimination. FACSS has already taken important first steps to formalize its position against discrimination and harassment. Our code of conduct, adopted in 2019, asserts that we do not tolerate discrimination or harassment, and it affirms our belief that all people should be treated fairly and with kindness. We realize that we can do more to engender inclusivity and diversity.
The FACSS Executive Committee and the FACSS/SciX Long Range Planning (LRP) Committee held three community forums in June. The community forums were to help us understand your needs and how we can address gaps. Notes from those calls will be compiled to create an action plan for moving forward.
We also invite you to consider volunteering for FACSS and to be a part of the change that you want to see. And, we call upon our entire community to join us as we stand against racism.
The Federation of Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy Societies Executive Committee