Code of Conduct

The SOT Code of Conduct was adopted on November 4, 2019.

Society of Toxicology Commitment

The Society of Toxicology is committed to providing a safe and productive environment for all of its meetings; one that fosters open dialogue, the free exchange of scientific ideas, the promotion of equal opportunity, and is free of any sort of harassment, coercion, and discrimination. All meeting participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow venue rules, and alert Society of Toxicology staff, officers, or security of any potentially dangerous situations, individuals in stress, or instances of harassment, coercion, or discrimination. The Society of Toxicology is fully cognizant that there are areas of our science that are controversial. Our meetings can and should serve as an effective forum to consider and debate scientifically-relevant viewpoints in an orderly, respectful and fair manner. The policies herein apply to all meeting attendees, speakers, exhibitors, guests, staff, contractors, and volunteers.

What is harassment?

Harassment includes speech or behavior that is not welcome or is personally offensive, whether it is based on ethnicity, race, gender, religion, age, body size, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other reason not related to scientific merit.

Behavior acceptable to one person may not be acceptable to others. As such, meeting attendees must use discretion to ensure that respect is clearly communicated. Harassment expressed in a joking manner still constitutes unacceptable behavior. Retaliation for reporting harassment is a violation of this policy, as is reporting an incident in bad faith.

Reporting harassment

The Society of Toxicology is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone at any of their meetings. If an individual experiences or witnesses harassment of any kind, they should contact Society of Toxicology staff at SOTHQ@toxicology.org or 703.438.3115 or use a venue phone or personal cell phone to contact venue security if they feel unsafe. All complaints will be treated seriously and responded to promptly.

If an individual wishes to file a formal grievance of harassment:

  • Notify meeting staff at SOTHQ@toxicology.org or 703.438.3115.
  • Society of Toxicology staff will discuss any grievance first with the individual filing the grievance, then with the alleged offender, seek counsel if the appropriate action is unclear, and report the incident and findings to the Society of Toxicology Council and legal counsel.
  • The Society of Toxicology will consult with the individual filing the grievance prior to taking any action

The Society of Toxicology reserves the right to remove an individual from a meeting without warning or refund of any expenses, to prohibit attendance at future Society of Toxicology meetings, and to notify the individual’s employer.

If there are questions related to this policy, please contact the Society of Toxicology Executive Director at SOTHQ@toxicology.org or 703.438.3115.