Code of Conduct

The American Statistical Association (ASA) and Penn State are committed to providing an atmosphere in which personal respect and intellectual growth are valued and the free expression and exchange of ideas are encouraged. Consistent with this commitment, it is the policy of the ASA that all participants in ASA activities enjoy a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to, members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, color, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

All participants—including, but not limited to, attendees, statisticians, students, registered guests, staff, contractors, and exhibitors—in any ASA meeting or other activity—whether official or unofficial—agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the activities. Your registration for or attendance at any ASA event indicates your agreement to abide by this policy and its terms.

Expected Behavior

  • Model and support the norms of professional respect necessary to promote the conditions for a healthy exchange of scientific ideas.
  • Speak and conduct yourself professionally; do not insult or disparage other participants.
  • Be conscious of hierarchical structures in the ASA community, specifically the existence of stark power differentials between junior and senior statisticians—noting that fear of retaliation from senior statisticians can make it difficult for junior statisticians to express discomfort, rebuff unwelcome advances, and report violations of the conduct policy.
  • Be sensitive to body language and other non-verbal signals and respond respectfully.

More information on the Penn State Code of Conduct can be found at Penn State Code of Conduct.