Code of Conduct

NAVSA logoNAVSA is dedicated to advancing the field of Victorian studies through open, critically engaged, and challenging discussions at our annual conference, and it seeks to promote an inclusive, diverse, and welcoming community. NAVSA is therefore committed to providing a safe, respectful, and harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, physical appearance, body size, age, professional status, religion, or any other characteristic. We value your presence and constructive participation in our shared community, and thank you for your attention to the comfort, safety, and well-being of fellow NAVSA collaborators and attendees at NAVSA events. Members should be aware that they are bound by the codes of conduct in effect at their home institutions. The NAVSA code does not supersede these workplace codes but is intended to reinforce their message.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to
• discriminatory verbal comments
• deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
• inappropriate and/or unsolicited physical contact
• unwelcome sexual attention
• sustained disruption of talks or other events
• harassing or intrusive photography or recording without permission. (Attendees may take photographs or make recordings as long as it does not violate others’ expressed wishes. We encourage you to ask permission.)
• advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

As a voluntary professional organization, NAVSA has a limited range of formal responses to charges of Code of Conduct violations. However, within these constraints, NAVSA is committed to responding ethically and professionally to all reports of Code of Conduct violations. Repercussions may range from verbal warnings to contacting the authorities to take appropriate action.