Code of Conduct

Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association

It is the policy of Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA) that all KSEA members and participants of the events organized by KSEA will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all members and participants and free from any forms of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. KSEA members and event participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment in all KSEA contexts. Creating a supportive environment to enable a productive scientific collaboration and community services is the responsibility of all KSEA members and participants of KSEA organized events.

KSEA members and all participants of KSEA organized events will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, religious or philosophical beliefs, ability status, or educational background. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, inappropriate photography, stalking, harassing photography or recording, offensive or sexually-oriented images and aggressive physical behavior. Advocating for or encouraging any of the above behaviors is likewise prohibited.

If a participant suspects harassment, discrimination, or retaliation has occurred in violation of this code of conduct policy, an oral or written complaint should be promptly filed to the Chair of the KSEA organized event, the KSEA Headquarters at 703-748-1221, or the KSEA Executive Committee (EC), who will take an immediate action. The KSEA President should be informed that a report has been made to any of the members listed above and should be consulted if the member receiving the report is not able to handle the issue appropriately. The President, in consultation with the EC, will promptly investigate the facts and circumstances of any claim of harassment. Decisions on what action to take in response to the violation will be made by the President in consultation with the EC. Discretion and privacy for the people involved will be considered at all times; however, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed.

Possible actions in response to violations may range from a verbal warning, to request to leave the participating event by the KSEA President, to request to leave KSEA or the expulsion from KSEA following the procedure laid out in the relevant KSEA policy, and to notification to appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of an inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.