Code of Conduct/Anti-Harassment Policy
This event is convened for the purpose of professional development and to facilitate collaboration, the exchanging of ideas, sharing of best practices, and, ultimately, improving patient outcomes.

The Educational and Research Foundation for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS Foundation) is committed to providing an educational and harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion or other group identity.

The AAFPRS Foundation requires that all participants–including, but not limited to, members, officers, registered attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff, contractors, and volunteers–conduct themselves in a
professional manner that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, violence, or retaliation. Participants agree to treat each other with respect and consideration to create and ensure a collegial, inclusive, safe, and professional environment.

This Code of Conduct/Anti-Harassment Policy is based on a firm belief in the value of civil discourse and the free exploration of competing ideas and concepts–with a fundamental respect for the rights, dignity and value of all persons. It outlines expectations for all those who attend or participate in AAFPRS Foundation meetings.

The AAFPRS Foundation seeks to provide a conference environment in which participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize this is a shared responsibility and remind participants that all professional ethics and norms apply as standards of behavior and interaction at this meeting/event.

Expected Behavior
By participating in this meeting, registrants are expected and agree to be respectful of other attendees, industry partners, spouses or guests, staff, hotel employees, and all others they meet and to abide by this policy in all meeting venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.

  • Behave responsibly and professionally and avoid any behavior that would cause embarrassment or reflect negatively on the AAFPRS Foundation's reputation.
  • Safeguard and hold any protected health information revealed in the strictest confidence.
  • Report any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior or speech immediately to AAFPRS staff.
  • Alert AAFPRS staff or security personnel if you see or become aware of a situation in which someone might be in imminent physical danger or distress.
  • Be responsible if choosing to drink alcoholic beverages at any AAFPRS Foundation networking event.

Unacceptable Behavior
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm; yelling at or threatening other attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff or volunteers (verbally or physically).
  • Harassment, intimidation or harmful, prejudicial, derogatory or demeaning verbal or written comments or visual images related to race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance or other personal characteristics or group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, harassing, or following an attendee or group of attendees during the meeting.
  • Unauthorized photography or recording a person without their permission.
  • Persistent disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other AAFPRS Foundation events organized throughout the meeting.
If you believe you have been threatened, harassed or that a dangerous or harassment problem exists for you or another attendee, please report said activity to the staff at the conference registration desk. All such reports will be directed immediately to the Director of Meetings & CME and the EVP & CEO, who will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and who may consult with and engage the AAFPRS executive leadership team and/or legal counsel as appropriate. Local law enforcement and/or hotel security may be consulted and/or engaged, as appropriate based on the specific circumstances.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
  • Participants asked to stop hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
  • If someone engages in such behavior, the AAFPRS Foundation reserves the right to take any required action needed to maintain a welcoming and safe environment for all participants.

As a participant in this event you to agree to adhere to ALL AAFPRS Policies, Rules and Waivers, which should be viewed here.