OMED Code of Conduct

Please refer to the Code of Conduct statement below that you accepted upon registering.

The American Osteopathic Association (“AOA” or “Association”) is committed to maintaining attendees’ confidence and trust by providing a safe, productive, and welcoming virtual environment for all meeting participants and AOA staff. AOA expects all meeting attendees (defined as a paid and complimentary registrants, guests, advocates, speakers, exhibitors, vendors, AOA members, AOA non-members, and other attendees) to maintain high standards of professional conduct and comply with this Code of Conduct set forth for the meeting. To the degree that an attendee, individually or collectively, purposefully circumvents or otherwise violates this Code of Conduct, the AOA deems such conduct a serious infraction of this Code that jeopardizes attendance at the meeting and at future AOA meetings. AOA reserves the right to revoke the conference registration or exhibition participation and fees, without refund, of any attendee not in compliance with this Code of Conduct.

1) The AOA is committed to maintaining an environment that encourages respect and dignity for each individual. As part of the commitment, the Association prohibits harassment, intimidation and discrimination by attendees towards other attendees and towards staff before, during and after their course of business regarding the OMED virtual meeting.

2) AOA expects attendees to uphold the professional and educational purposes of AOA and its events by respecting the rights, privacy, safety and dignity of all persons. AOA expects individuals to exercise professionalism, consideration and respect in their speech and actions. AOA expects individuals to refrain from harassing speech and other such behavior.

3) The AOA will not tolerate (a) verbal abuse of any attendee or staff member, including but not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, political views/affiliation and national origin; (b) inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations; and (c) threatening or stalking behavior towards any attendee or staff member.

4) The AOA will not allow disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall or at other events organized by AOA throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any AOA virtual event staff.

5) Presentations, postings and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements or solicitation for services. AOA reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.

6) Participants should not copy, record, or take screen shots of any presentation, Q&A sessions and/or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space. All such information is meant to be used on a personal basis for the attendees’ continuing medical education and/or networking purposes and not for publicly sharing with others.

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