Code of Conduct and Policies

Code of Conduct and Behavior Policies

The PAEA Education Forum and Fall Workshops is a national event intended for education, networking, and collaboration in the PA education community. We value the participation of each member of the PA education community and want all attendees to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. 

The code of conduct and behavior policies outline the expectations for all event attendees and participants, including all members, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers as well as provides specifics for how to respond including how to report inappropriate behavior. Cooperation is expected from everyone throughout the event and at all conference events, whether or not officially sponsored by PAEA, and event organizers will actively enforce this code. Violations are taken seriously.   

Expected Behavior 

PAEA expects event participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity, and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback and open to alternate points of view. Likewise, PAEA expects that any sharing of information about the organization or any event, attendees, or participants via public communication channels be done responsibly and in a way that clearly distinguishes individual opinion from fact.   

Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for any PAEA event.   

Unacceptable Behavior 

PAEA does not tolerate harassment of event participants or PAEA staff in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments and negative behavior, either in real or virtual spaces, including those that are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. Harassment also includes display of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention. Event participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.   

Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any PAEA event venue, including education sessions, workshops, social gatherings, and within social media channels. Sponsors and speakers may not use sexualized language, images, activities, or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.   

Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for PAEA events.

If a participant engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or exclusion from the event with no refund.   

Disruption Policy: PAEA is committed to providing a professional, collegial, safe, supportive, and respectful event environment. All attendees are expected to behave with the high degree of integrity expected of the PA profession. Attendees are expected to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment when engaging in-person or on the virtual conference platform. Any attendee who engages in disruptive behavior will be removed from the in-person event or virtual event platform by PAEA staff; no refund will be provided.  

Harassment Policy: PAEA is dedicated to ensuring a harassment-free Forum experience for all event attendees. All event attendees are expected to treat each other with respect. PAEA does not tolerate harassment of event attendees in any form and will review and respond to reports of harassment.  

Thank you for helping to make this a welcoming, friendly event for all.   

Reporting Inappropriate Behavior 

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a PAEA staff member. Event staff will be wearing PAEA name badges. You may also contact hotel staff and ask to be put in touch with the PAEA event manager.  

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to help them feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance. 

If you are attending through the virtual event platform and experience any inappropriate behavior, please contact PAEA staff at  

Photo/Video Policy

By registering for and attending any event at the 2022 Education Forum, you agree that your image may be used at any time, without further notification, for printed materials, websites, social media, and other marketing purposes.   

In the on-demand/virtual components of the 2022 Education Forum, you may choose to participate in any events that PAEA schedules live visually or with audio only. If you participate visually, your image will be received by and available to all participants, and you are agreeing that your image may be used at any time, without further notifications, in PAEA printed materials, websites, social media, and other marketing purposes.