Harassment Policy


ISE Trade Show Conduct and Anti-Harassment Statement

This statement applies to all trade show participants including employees, speakers, volunteers, guests, members, contractors, exhibitors, government officials and attendees at any trade show or events owned by ISE.

ISE is committed to providing a trade show environment in which all participants feel safe and are treated with respect. In order to create that environment, participants are expected to maintain appropriate standards of behaviour by refraining from conduct that that may be (or perceived to be) harmful to themselves, other participants, ISE staff and/or other third parties. Types of conduct that ISE considers inappropriate include, but are not limited to: (1) harassment, which is defined for purposes of this policy to include (i) offensive and unwelcome conduct based on ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation;  (2) offensive gestures and verbal comments; (3) deliberate intimidation; (4) stalking; (5) sustained disruption of talks or other events; (6) inappropriate physical contact; and (7) unwelcome attention. Participants requested to cease inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately, and failure will serve as grounds for revoking access to the ISE event.

Attendees, speakers, volunteers, guests, members, and contractors are encouraged but, not required, to inform the harasser that their conduct is unwelcome. Regardless of whether the harasser is directly confronted, speakers, volunteers, guests, members, contractors and attendees must promptly report the conduct to ISE to investigate and address the conduct.  If a participant is in immediate danger, hotel security or local law enforcement should be informed promptly, prior to notifying ISE.

When notified of individuals who are engaging or who have engaged in harassing behaviour, ISE may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from a simple warning to expulsion from the current and/or future ISE meetings, conferences and events, or in the case of ISE employees, taking appropriate disciplinary action. Decisions to ban individuals from future ISE events or take disciplinary action against ISE employees are at the sole discretion of ISE.

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