1. Background

The American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists promotes an environment of respect, fairness, integrity, and inclusiveness. (See ACOOG Diversity Statement for Volunteer and Leadership Positions). These values are reflected in the ACOOG Code of Professional Ethics, the Statement of Values, and the ACOOG Diversity Statement for Volunteer and Leadership Positions.

ACOOG’s commitment to its values is also reflected in its Harassment-Free Workplace policy, which prohibits sexual and discriminatory harassment against ACOOG employees, whether the harassment is committed by an employee, member, volunteer, vendor, exhibitor, or other party.

This ACOOG Meetings Anti-Harassment Policy further promotes ACOOG’s values by defining the expectations for all participants at any ACOOG meeting and related social events. When used in this policy, “participant” refers to anyone present at any ACOOG Meeting, including all attendees, members, speakers, staff, contractors, vendors, and exhibitors. This policy applies to all meetings hosted by ACOOG, at all venues and events, including all ancillary or unofficial social events held in conjunction with any ACOOG meeting.

2. Expected Behavior

ACOOG expects all participants at every ACOOG Meeting to behave responsibly and professionally and to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy. In addition, ACOOG expects participants to comply with the following:

  • Responsible alcohol consumption: At many ACOOG networking events both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served. ACOOG expects participants at our events to drink alcoholic beverages responsibly. ACOOG and event staff have the right to deny service to participants for any reason, and may require a participant to leave the event.
  • Safety and security: Participants should alert ACOOG staff if they notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Treatment of others: Participants must exercise professionalism, consideration, and respect in their speech and actions, and must refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech. Participants who experience or witness harassment are encouraged to report it as provided in Paragraph 5, below.

3. Unacceptable Behavior

ACOOG will not tolerate harassment, including sexual harassment, by any participant at any ACOOG meeting. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances or touching, requests for sexual favors, or other unwelcome physical, verbal, visual, or other conduct of a sexual nature. Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Unwelcome and uninvited attention or contact with another participant
  • Verbal or written comments, or visual images, that are sexually suggestive, or that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual, or group of individuals, and that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment, or that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s ability to participate in an ACOOG meeting or event.
  • Inappropriate, unnecessary, or irrelevant use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces, including presentation slides;
  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions by any participant in any ACOOG meeting, at all related events and in one-on-one communications carried out in the context of any ACOOG meeting;
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, age, appearance, or other personal characteristics
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Harassing photography or recording;
  • Sustained disruption of lectures, proceedings, or other events;
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touch or groping)
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm

4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior from any participant at any ACOOG meeting will not be tolerated. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, ACOOG may take any action that it deems appropriate, including exclusion from particular events or removal from the meeting (without refund) at which the harassment occurred. Egregious violations may be referred to the ACOOG Board of Trustees and/or may result in exclusion from future meetings.

5. Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any concerns that require prompt assistance, please call the phone number that is provided at the meeting. Comments or other concerns can be sent to