Conference participants will notice upon online registration that ICA has included a new “Conference Code of Conduct,” stemming from the Code of Ethics the Board approved last year. This Code includes guidelines intended to ensure that at this large and diverse gathering, “all participants have the opportunity to learn, network, and have fun in a safe, vibrant environment” during the various conference sessions and events. The Code draws from the existing ICA Code of Ethics (see https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/resmgr/governance_documents/ica.code.of.ethics.may2019.pdf), and acknowledges that productive scholarly exchange is crucial, while also recognizing various kinds of power imbalance between participants. ICA asks participants to be mindful of inequalities on the basis of gender; sexuality; race; ethnicity; religious affiliation; ability; status; age; marital, domestic, or parental status; gender identity or expression; caste; social class; nationality; or immigration status; and to engage with each other with professionalism, civility, and respect. NOTE: The parameters for ethical behavior change somewhat now that we are doing a virtual conference, but the importance of treating each other with respect, even if only interacting online, is important.
In this vein, during the final step of online registration, you will be asked to affirm the following statement:
By registering for the ICA conference, I assent to and agree to abide by the rules above and to treat attendees, colleagues, and staff with dignity and respect while in attendance at the ICA conference and at all related events.
NOTE: The parameters for ethical behavior change somewhat now that we are doing a virtual conference, but the importance of treating each other with respect, even if only interacting online, is important.”