SfRBM Anti-Bullying & Harassment Policy

SfRBM encourages open and honest intellectual debate as part of a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in all parts of our society, including professional and scientific exchange in our communications and at our conferences.  To help maintain an open and respectful community of scientists, SfRBM does not tolerate inappropriate behavior, including bullying or harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment.

SfRBM condemns inappropriate or suggestive acts or comments that demean another person by reason of his or her gender, gender identity, race, religion, ethnicity, age or disability, scientific viewpoint or that are unwelcome or offensive to other attendees.

If you believe you have been subjected to or have otherwise experienced behavior that violates our Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy, please act promptly to report the issue to the chair of SfRBM’s Ethics Committee so that steps may be taken to address the situation immediately (please refer to the full policy linked below for reporting steps).

SfRBM reviews allegations of any such behavior on a case-by-case basis through its Ethics Committee, and violations may result in membership revocation, conference expulsion or prohibition of future conference attendance by particular individuals.  

SfRBM will investigate complaints fairly and discreetly, with an emphasis on conducting a rapid inquiry, the results of which typically will be shared with both the individual reporting the issue and the individual(s) who has been accused of violating the Policy.  Reports requesting anonymity will be respected, although SfRBM reserves the right to notify appropriate law enforcement should the allegations be serious enough to warrant such notice.