The Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP) mission statement holds that the organization’s purpose is to understand the “means by which resources are generated, distributed and used to enhance human learning,” and that this endeavor is supported by “responsible public and professional deliberation and debate.”
AEFP annual conferences and board meetings are convened for the purpose of advancing this mission, as well as professional development and scholarly interchange in the spirit of free inquiry and free expression. AEFP organizers are dedicated to providing a safe and collaborative experience for everyone, including attendees, vendors, and staff. Discrimination, harassment, or intimidation on the basis of gender, race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, physical appearance, age, religion, national origin, veteran status, citizenship, or professional rank are antithetical to the AEFP mission and will not be tolerated.
Senior scholars should be particularly aware of the power dynamics between themselves, junior scholars, and students. Senior scholars should take special care to ensure that more junior attendees experience a harassment-free conference and are treated with due respect.
All participants – including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, AEFP staff, members of the media, and service providers – are expected to abide by this AEFP Meetings Code of Conduct. This Code applies to all AEFP members in all AEFP meeting venues, including ancillary events and social gatherings, whether officially sponsored by AEFP or not. In addition to individual responsibility for their professional conduct, AEFP conference participants share a collective responsibility to advance the association’s mission by promoting and protecting an environment for free, fair, and equitable scholarly interchange.
- Abide by the norms of professional respect that are necessary to promote the AEFP mission.
- Respect and value a diversity of views and opinions (including those you may not share).
- Communicate openly and with respect for other participants, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
- Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech directed toward other attendees, participants, AEFP staff and vendors.
- Respect the rules and policies of AEFP (e.g., regarding social media dissemination), the meeting venue, hotels, AEFP-contracted facility, or any other venue.
- Persistent and unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy
- Discriminatory, intimidating, harassing, abusive, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions related to gender, race, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, physical appearance, age, religion, national origin, veteran status, citizenship, or professional rank.
- Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
- Harassing photography or recording
- Physical assault, including unwelcome touch or groping
- Real or implied threat of physical harm
- Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Reporting & Consequences
Alert security, law enforcement, or emergency medical authorities if you see a situation in which someone is in distress or imminent physical danger.
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, or if you witness unacceptable behavior, please contact AEFP staff and board members, who can be identified by “STAFF” or “BOARD OF DIRECTORS” on name badges, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your report will be taken seriously. Confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation to the extent possible without jeopardizing the thoroughness of the investigation or as allowed by law.
After considering all available information, AEFP leadership or their designees will, in response to reports of unacceptable behavior, take any action deemed necessary and appropriate. Consequences may include warnings, removal from the meeting with or without warning or refund, and exclusion from any future AEFP meeting.