As part of our ongoing effort to ensure the ACB community is safe, respected, and welcome, all participants in virtual and in-person ACB events must read and agree to ACB's Code of Conduct. ACB takes any violation of the code seriously, and we encourage concerns and complaints be sent to the following email: [email protected]. You may also leave a voicemail at: (929) 243-4145. The Human Resources/Payroll Specialist monitors these channels. Reports may also be filed with the President or Executive Director. Your correspondence will be kept in confidence, fully investigated, and acted upon.
Code of Conduct
Approved April 29, 2021
The American Council of the Blind (hereinafter referred to as ACB) is committed to maintaining the integrity of its events by creating a welcoming, professional, safe, and respectful environment for all who attend and/or participate in its events. The term "events" shall include conferences, meetings, functions, or any other gatherings sponsored or convened by ACB whether live, electronic communication, virtual or hybrid.
All participants at ACB events are required to adhere to this Code of Conduct policy as drafted and adopted by the ACB board of directors. This policy defines prohibited conduct as including, but not limited to:
- unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, gender identification, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law, or;
- disrespectful, offensive and/or threatening conduct, verbal abuse, stalking, bullying, violence, or intimidation.
Any person who believes that he or she has experienced or witnessed behavior prohibited by this policy must promptly report the conduct to the ACB Executive Director, ACB President or ACB Event Coordinator.
Upon receipt of an allegation reported under this policy, ACB will investigate, and the ACB Executive Director, ACB President, and ACB Event Coordinator or their designees will thereafter determine what, if any, action will be taken based on the circumstances. Such action may include banning the individual from the event where the conduct is determined to have occurred, and any future events.
Nothing in this policy shall limit or preclude the free exchange of ideas and/or opinions so long as such exchange does not involve threats or other prohibited behavior as defined in this policy.