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SETAC Code of Conduct
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The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) provides open, safe forums for the purpose of exchanging ideas and information on the study, analysis and solution of environmental problems, the management and regulation of natural resources, promotion of scientific research and the development of strong environmental education.

SETAC governance members, employees, members, volunteers and guests (including exhibitors and sponsors) are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. To ensure a strong and successful organization, SETAC activities require honesty and equity and should reflect well on the society. In the spirit of promoting Environmental Quality Through Science®, all participants should strive to be good stewards of environmental resources and effective and objective contributors to the environmental discussion globally and locally. Professional behavior and integrity are also expected of every attendee (members and non-members alike) of SETAC meetings, workshops and activities (including exhibitors and sponsors) and all authors of material in SETAC journals, books or other publications.

Explicit guidance and expectations can be found in this Code of Conduct, the Code of Ethics and our Publishing Policies.

Code of Conduct

Each member and all persons participating in SETAC meetings and activities are bound by this Code of Conduct and should:

  • Avoid inappropriate and discriminatory actions. The diversity of human cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender expressions, gender identities, marital statuses, political affiliations, visible and unseen disabilities, employers, levels of employment and educational backgrounds bring unique perspectives to our organization. Discrimination based on any of these, or other less apparent differences, will not be tolerated; show respect to colleagues, staff and meeting vendors
  • Be professional. Refrain from using insulting, harassing or otherwise offensive language in SETAC interactions. Disruptive, harassing or inappropriate behavior towards other scientists, meeting attendees, staff or vendors will not be tolerated
  • Conduct themselves responsibly, objectively and with integrity (see Code of Ethics), in an objective, lawful manner
  • Refrain from representing themselves as spokespersons for SETAC without the express authorization by the global executive director of SETAC, the SETAC World Council president or an appropriate SETAC World Council delegate
  • Respect personal boundaries. Boundaries set by others must be observed. Harassment of any kind, including unwelcome sexual advances and requests for sexual favors, sexually graphic statements, or any other verbal or physical abuse will not be tolerated

Reporting Harassment or Other Violations

Individuals who become aware of potential breaches of this SETAC policy and its practices are encouraged to report concerns, so that SETAC can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions through SETAC’s Problem Resolution SOP. SETAC is committed to open communication and will endeavor to protect individuals reporting issues from any reprisals or victimization consistent with the SETAC Whistleblower Policy.

SETAC reserves the right to remove an individual from the event without warning or refund, prohibit attendance at future SETAC meetings, workshops or other SETAC-sponsored events, and notify the individual’s employer