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SISPP Code of Conduct



SISPP Code of Conduct

In order to provide all participants with the opportunity to benefit from SPSP events and activities, SPSP is committed to providing a friendly, safe, supportive and harassment-free environment for all SISPP attendees and participants, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or other group identity.

This code of conduct outlines SPSP’s expectations for all SISPP attendees and participants, including all members, speakers, vendors, media representatives, commentators, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers. Cooperation is expected from everyone and organizers will actively enforce this code throughout this event. Violations are taken seriously.

Expected Behavior

SPSP expects SISPP 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 being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, when sharing information about the organization or any attendees or participants via public communication channels, SPSP expects participants to share responsibly and clearly distinguish individual opinion from fact.

Alcohol maybe available at evening social networking events during SISPP and may be consumed only by those of legal age. Alcohol at SPSP events will only be distributed by commercial hosts following local and state statutes, which may include limiting consumption.

It is further expected that students in SISPP will

  • Attend all scheduled class and workshop meetings.
  • Complete all assigned course work.
  • Maintain a collegial environment with other participants, in order to maximize inclusion and a sense of community among all participants.
  • Avoid behavior such as intoxication and social exclusion that might interfere with community-building among SISPP participants as a whole

Unacceptable Behavior

SPSP does not tolerate harassment of SISPP attendees or participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments, and negative behavior, either in real or virtual space, including those which are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or other group identity. Harassment also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.

Alcohol may not be brought into SPSP-sponsored events nor may alcohol be consumed by those not of legal age. Because excessive alcohol leads to impaired decision-making, SPSP strongly discourages excessive drinking at any point during the SISPP. Further, because SISPP is an intensive experience that hundreds of students vie for each year, it is expected that those chosen to attend come prepared to class with readings and homework done. Late night social activity that impedes upon this expectation is not allowed. Students failing to make classroom commitments during SISPP may be asked to leave the Institute early.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

If an attendee or participant, in either real or virtual space, engages in inappropriate, harassing, abusive or destructive behavior or language, the SISPP organizers and SPSP Leadership will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, including warning the offender, expulsion from SISPP with no refund and/or banning the offender from future SPSP events and activities.

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all SISPP venues, including online venues, classrooms and SISPP social events. SISPP participants seek to learn, network and enjoy themselves in the process, free from any type of harassment. Please participate responsibly and with respect for the rights of others.

What to do

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns about an individual’s conduct, please contact Executive Director Chad Rummel at or (202) 869-3241. Your concerns will be held as confidential as you would like them to be and you may remain anonymous. If you would like to discuss your concerns during SISPP, please reach out to your classroom instructor or one of the local organizers.