National Sex Ed Conference

Code of Conduct

Introduction: The Center for Sex Education is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for all participants at the National Sex Ed Conference, especially with respect to age, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, religion, and any other identities.

Participant Expectations:

  1. Sexuality Education Professionals: This event is exclusively for sexuality education professionals who share our commitment to comprehensive sex education. This conference is not for those opposed to sexuality education. 
  2. Respect: Treat all participants with respect and kindness. Disagreements should be handled with constructive communication.
  3. Diversity and Inclusion: Embrace diversity, be open to different perspectives, and engage in inclusive conversations. Recognize that the sex education field is diverse and respects all identities and orientations.
  4. Equity: Be mindful of power dynamics and privilege. Work to ensure that your interactions promote equity and fairness.
  5. Inclusivity: Make an effort to engage with participants of various backgrounds and experiences. Avoid exclusive cliques.
  6. Belonging: Foster a sense of belonging for all attendees. Be approachable, welcoming, and supportive to ensure everyone feels included.

Safety and Inclusivity:

  1. Inclusive Language: Use inclusive and respectful language when discussing sex education topics. Avoid derogatory terms and offensive language.
  2. Photography and Video Recording: Conference staff and volunteers will take photos during the conference. If you do not wish to be photographed, please visit the registration table, and someone will provide you with an identifier to wear so that staff and volunteers do not take your photograph. No video recording is allowed.
  3. Consent: Always obtain consent before taking photos, sharing information, or engaging in any physical contact. Respect personal boundaries and consent. 
  4. Alcohol and Substance Use: Consume alcohol and substances responsibly, if permitted at the event. Excessive or disruptive use is not tolerated.
  5. Accessibility: Be mindful of participants with disabilities and try to make the conference accessible to all. If you require accommodations, please notify the organizer. Remember that not all disabilities are visible. 
  6. Social Media: Be responsible when sharing information and photos on social media. Respect others’ privacy and obtain their consent before posting.
  7. If You See Something, Say Something: We encourage all participants to remain vigilant and report any suspicious or concerning behavior to conference staff or organizers immediately. Your safety and the safety of others are of paramount importance, and your vigilance can help maintain a secure environment for all.

Personal Responsibility:

  1. Self-Accountability: Understand that your behavior affects others. Take responsibility for your actions and words, and be open to feedback.
  2. Learning and Growth: Use this conference as an opportunity to learn, grow, and challenge your own biases. Be receptive to new ideas and perspectives.
  3. Health Equity: Masks are not required but attendees are welcome and encouraged to mask indoors. We expect, but do not require, all attendees who are eligible to be vaccinated. We encourage all attendees to test, per CDC recommendations, prior to traveling to the conference.

Sexual Harassment: The National Sex Ed Conference does not tolerate sexual harassment in the conference space. This includes unwelcome sexual advances, comments, or any other forms of harassment. If you experience or witness any form of harassment, please report it immediately to conference staff or organizers. Reports will be handled confidentially and promptly in consultation with the report-maker and impacted individuals. Violation of the no harassment policy may result in sanctions, up to and including expulsion from the conference without a refund. 

Enforcement: Organizers and staff are committed to upholding this Code of Conduct. Violations will be addressed promptly and may involve warnings, expulsion, or legal action when necessary.

By attending the National Sex Ed Conference, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

Last updated November, 2023