Conference Behavior Guidelines
It is the policy of the National Hemophilia Foundation that all participants, including attendees, NHF staff, chapters, volunteers, and all other stakeholders at NHF meetings, events, and conferences both in-person and virtually will conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.
Participants will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, respectful, inclusive, and professional environment at NHF conferences both in-person and virtually. Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse at NHF meetings is the responsibility of all participants.
We expect participants to follow NHF’s conference behavior guidelines onsite (if applicable) and online, within the virtual platform, and social media networks.
Unacceptable Conference Behavior
Participants are expected to avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, disability status, educational background, or any other individual characteristics. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.
Harassing conduct includes, but is not limited to: unlawful harassment, derogatory comments, epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written, electronic, or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group, including during online networking, via text, chat functions, virtual questions and answer sessions, or otherwise on the NHF virtual platform and onsite (when applicable).
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Upon receiving a report of unacceptable behavior, NHF’s priority will be the safety and security of participants. Sanctions for violating this Code of Conduct may range from verbal warning, being denied access to remainder of the meeting, event or conference, to notification of appropriate authorities. Retaliation for complaints of inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated.
The following Agreements and Disclaimers pertain to meetings, conferences, and events organized by the National Hemophilia Foundation, to the meeting/conference/event speakers, presenters, sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers (collectively referred to herein as the “NHF”), and the person intending to attend and participate in the Conference. The sponsor agrees not to take action against, or seek to hold, or hold liable, NHF for the user’s use of the information provided.
The information presented at NHF conferences is solely intended for consumers, chapters and healthcare professionals. You understand and agree that you are being provided the information for educational and informational purposes only and that information will be provided to educate you on the latest scientific, clinical, therapeutic and educational advancements. Although NHF strives to present only current and accurate information at its conferences, you agree not to solely rely on this information or consider it to be any form of professional advice without additional independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, and timeliness. Any decisions you make based on the information provided is voluntary and should only be undertaken after an independent review of its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, and timeliness and/or only after consultation with a healthcare professional. Information provided during the conference or otherwise offered by NHF, is intended to provide you with updates on scientific, clinical, therapeutic, and educational advancements and is not meant to replace or in any way modify the advice of a healthcare professional. Any decisions as to how you use this information is at your sole discretion and NHF will not be liable for any liability that may arise from such use.
Given the stated purpose of the information presented at NHF meetings, events, and conferences, you agree that NHF is not responsible in any manner or to any extent for the consequences of any action(s) taken by any individual(s) as a result of using the information presented by NHF during the conference. Furthermore, NHF is not responsible for any information or content, or any actions that are based on such information or content, that is provided during the conference.