AFP Code of Conduct

Attendees, exhibitors and sponsors are expected to conduct themselves with integrity, collegiality and care while participating in or conducting business during an AFP event. AFP events are defined as any in-person or virtual event used to curate educational sessions, meetings, business functions or social events. This policy extends to any social events affiliated with an AFP event. Conduct details include:

  • Acting in a professional and appropriate manner at all times during an AFP event, whether for educational, business or social functions.
  • Refraining from any activity or action that could adversely reflect upon AFP or that is inconsistent with treating all AFP employees, attendees, exhibitors and sponsors with dignity and respect.
  • Refraining from the use of illegal substances while participating in an AFP event.
  • Respecting the opinions of fellow event attendees, exhibitors, sponsors and AFP employees, leaving personal prejudices out of all discussions.
  • Representing their organization in a positive and supportive manner.
  • Showing respect and courteous conduct.
  • Complying with AFP’s zero-tolerance policy for harassment at all AFP educational, business and/or social functions.

AFP provides a comfortable and inclusive experience for every exhibitor, sponsor and attendee regardless of gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion or any other protected category.

AFP has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of attendees, sponsors, exhibitors, AFP employees or affiliates in any form, including, but not limited to:

  • Verbal language that reinforces social structures of domination
  • Sexual imagery and language
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking/following
  • Harassing photographs or recordings
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Offensive verbal language
  • Unwelcome sexual or physical attention

In relation, but not limited to:

  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Disabilities
  • Neurodiversity
  • Appearance
  • Body size
  • Ethnicity
  • Nationality
  • Race
  • Age
  • Religion
  • Pregnancy

We encourage you to report any behavior that makes you or others feel uncomfortable. Harassment, discrimination, and disrespect are not only not tolerated, but we encourage anyone who witnesses any such behavior to report it. If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please reach out to an AFP employee via telephone at (301) 907-2862 or via email at [email protected].

While AFP takes all concerns raised seriously, we will use our discretion and consult qualified legal advice to determine when and how to follow up on reported incidents and may decline to take any further action and/or may direct the participant to other resources for resolution. AFP will take any action we deem appropriate, including giving verbal and written warnings, as well as expelling the offender from the event with no refund. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.