Code of Conduct

Neurizons Code of Conduct

Neurizons is dedicated to providing a harassment-free Neurizons 2020 experience for everyone, regardless of any difference, including but not limited to: gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, neuro(a)typicality, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any event venue, including talks. Participants violating these rules may be expelled from the event, at the discretion of the event organizers.

This Code of Conduct applies to all of this community’s spaces, including public channels, private channels and direct messages, both online and off. 

By participating, you are expected to follow the rules listed here. Please participate responsibly, and encourage others to follow suit. Please partake in establishing and maintaining an inclusive culture within the community. 


General Guidelines 

We aim to create a platform where individuals of diverse backgrounds can interact with each other in a positive environment. To create such an environment, we encourage the following behaviours: 

  • Be a good listener during discussions. Listen actively, and let others finish.
  • Be patient. Give others time to think, and to complete their thoughts and arguments.
  • Be respectful of each others’ viewpoints.
  • Always use and encourage the use of welcoming and inclusive language
  • Be supportive and welcoming of participants with differing levels of knowledge and expertise.


Harassment Statement

Our community does not tolerate any type of harassment that might occur online or offline. This includes but is not limited to the following categories

  • Offensive and unwelcome comments concerning:
    • Gender
    • Gender identity
    • Sexual orientation
    • Disability
    • Mental illness
    • Neuro(a)typicality
    • Physical appearance
    • Body size
    • Age
    • Race
    • National origin
    • Ethnic origin
    • Religion
    • Nationality
    • Immigration status
    • Pregnancy 
    • Maternal / paternal status
    • Marital status
    • Veteran status
    • Political tendance/opinion/affiliation
    • anti-Indigenous/Nativeness
    • anti-Blackness
    • The level of career
    • The level of knowledge in the topic
    • The level of the use of the common language (eg.discussions in English)
  • Any offensive criticism or attack of a person’s lifestyle preferences and practices regarding any daily activities (eg. eating, health, parenting, use of drugs, employment etc.).
  • Any offensive criticism or attack of a person’s career level, affiliated university and lab, project group, project/the research topic they work on, or the country/city, they are in. 
  • Intentional misgendering, use of inappropriate pronouns or dead names.
  • Using/sharing any sexual images, gestures, emojis, jokes, stories, idioms, phrases, wordings, slang language, swear words, behaviours, voice recordings, videos, links (of web pages).
  • Threats of violence.
  • Any deliberate intimidation, offensive insistence.
  • Sharing/sending any off-topic, inappropriate, offensive content.
  • Sustained and intrusive disruption during any event. 
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Any inappropriate insistence of social contact (eg. requesting/pursuing any inappropriate intimacy with the others)
  • Pursuing one-to-one contact in the case where one side is not clearly consenting or is not openly willing to have the communication.



If you are being harassed, or are made uncomfortable based on the listed harassment statement section, or you notice that anyone in the gathering is being harassed, or you feel any other concerns regarding any disruptive or unacceptable behaviour of the others regarding the composure of the discussions please immediately contact the Neurizons organizers ( This statement applies to any offender, including people in the organizing team, or any researcher, no matter how reputable. That is to say, in terms of reporting, there is no exclusion regarding the personnel who commit the unwanted behaviour. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact the organizers to make your voice heard. 

The organizing team will respond to any complaint as promptly as they can. If you get a time lapse between your informing and the teams’ response, and especially if you still feel uncomfortable with the situation, please put your personal safety and well-being first, and consider logging out, and be persistent on getting a reply and help from the organizing team. Even though you might have taken precautions for yourself, for the safety and health of the community these actions should be stopped immediately. 

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, it is the Neurizons organizing team’s responsibility to remind the offender about Neurizon’s Code of Conduct, and warn them that repeated inappropriate, uncivil, threatening, offensive or harmful behaviour can lead to a temporary or permanent ban from the event. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the organizers.


Enforcement Process

We take any type of harassment seriously, and we would like to report and take the necessary actions accordingly. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related activities. We think people should follow these rules outside the event activities too!

Neurizons organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participant. In the case of a report (of the violation of the code of conduct), the organizers will discuss the actions to be taken immediately. Whatever the resolution that they decide upon, the decision in a violation case will be considered final and will be shared with the offender privately. 

You can make a report either with your personal email or using an anonymous email. In order to protect any sides of an incident of wrongdoing from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response. We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse.  At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of our members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.




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