All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at all events held by the American Academy of Osteopathy are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
To report harassment or professional impropriety during an AAO-sponsored event, call or text 317-669-3580.
The Quick Version
The AAO is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of staff, attendees or guests in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the AAO leadership.
The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to age, body size, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, physical appearance, race, religion (or lack thereof), sexual orientation, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the AAO staff and/or leadership may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please call or text 317-669-3580 immediately.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all sessions or meetings taking place during AAO-sponsored events.
Updated Feb. 19, 2019
The AAO's annual business meeting will take place March 12 at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. To cast your vote for the Academy’s leaders, bring a cell phone, tablet or another mobile device with texting capabilities. The AAO will not provide paper ballots this year.
Giving Tuesday is Dec. 3, and this year we are focusing our fundraising efforts on the Nicholas S. Nicholas Fund, which provides scholarships to students wishing to attend Convocation.