Code of Conduct

The Mid-America Association of Law Libraries seeks to provide an event environment in which diverse participants may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create that environment for the benefit of all participants including members, speakers, exhibitors, volunteers, and event site staff.

Some behaviors are specifically prohibited, including:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity;
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact; or
  • Yelling or threatening (verbally or physically).

All participants are expected to observe these rules in all event venues, including online venues and conference social events. Participants may also be required to follow the policies of the hosting institution and their place of employment. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Participants violating these rules may be expelled without refund from the meeting.

Please contact a member of the MAALL Executive Board or local arrangements committee if you believe you have been harassed, have witnessed harassment, or that a harassment problem exists. All such reports will be directed immediately to the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee, who will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and who may consult with and engage other MAALL leaders, AALL staff or leaders, and/or legal counsel as appropriate. Conference site security and/or local law enforcement may be involved, as appropriate based on the specific circumstances. In some situations both parties may be asked to appear before the Local Arrangements Chair, the President, and a Executive Board Member-at-Large. A follow-up report, verbal or written, will be made to individuals who report being harassed.

Prior to the annual MAALL meeting, the Local Arrangements Committee will make the following information available:

  • Information on how to report harassment (telephone number for calls or texts, information desk location, etc.)
  • Emergency contact information:
    • Venue (conference site, hotel) security
    • Local law enforcement, emergency and non-emergency
  • Local emergency and non-emergency medical information
  • Local taxi companies
  • Other local services


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