Code of Conduct and Anti-Harrassment Policy

The Vision Sciences Society (VSS) is dedicated to the open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and expression. We are committed to running a successful meeting which fosters discussion and camaraderie that celebrates the diversity of the Vision Sciences community. These aims and goals require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces diversity.

To help ensure the smooth running of the meeting and related activities, each presenter, speaker and attendee must adhere to the following code of conduct. The expected behavior extends to all sessions, activities, events and informal gatherings during the conference, whether in person or virtual, and any other activities, in-person or virtual, sponsored or managed by VSS. Participants who do not comply may be barred from attending the remainder of the VSS conference or barred from participating in other VSS activities or meetings, in-person or virtual.

General Behavior

The meeting organizers expect participants to respect each other and behave in a civil fashion. Members should respect common sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, common courtesy, and respect for all meeting participants. Disruptive behavior is not acceptable, and any actions disturbing to attendees, speakers, and presenters, or to the performance of VSS will not be tolerated.

Anti-Discrimination

VSS prohibits discrimination at its meeting against individuals because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, or different abilities.

Anti-Harassment

Central to Vision Sciences Society (VSS) is the open exchange of ideas, freedom of thought, and freedom of expression. To foster these values and to promote an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, VSS is dedicated to providing its members and meeting attendees a harassment-free experience. Harassment is unwelcome or hostile behavior, including speech that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person’s participation or opportunity for participation in a conference, event or program.

Harassment in any form, including but not limited to, harassment based on national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, or any other status protected by laws in which the conference or program is being held, will not be tolerated. Harassment includes the use of abusive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Individuals violating these standards may be sanctioned or excluded from further participation at the discretion of the organizers.

Violations of the anti-harassment policy can be reported to any of the members of the VSS Board of Directors or to Shauney Wilson, the VSS Executive Director and Event Director.

Adapted from the Anti-harassment policy of ACM SIGGRAPH.