The American Society of Human Genetics is committed to fostering a welcoming environment that is safe, collaborative, and productive for supporting dialogue and discovery for all attendees at ASHG-sponsored events, and values the participation of all attendees and participants in its events. All who register to participate, attend, speak at, or exhibit at an ASHG event or meeting agree to comply with this Policy. ASHG has partnered with an organization dedicated to confidential intake for allegations of misconduct. If you have such a report, please contact NAVEX Global Ethics Point by phone (via the toll-free hotline at 844-519-9731) or through ASHG’s dedicated reporting website.
ASHG expects that all attendees, media, speakers, organizers, staff, and exhibitors associated with any official ASHG-sponsored event will adhere to the following principles:
- Respect common-sense rules for public behavior, personal interaction, courtesy, and respect for private property.
- Be considerate and respectful of differing perspectives during the meeting.
- Respect the rules and policies of the Society.
ASHG prohibits any form of harassment, sexual or otherwise. Accordingly, some behaviors are specifically prohibited, whether directed at other attendees, ASHG staff, speakers, exhibitors, or event venue staff:
- Intimidation, stalking, harassment, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, or discrimination towards fellow attendees, Society staff, and others.
- Abusive, harassing, or threatening behavior towards any other attendee, volunteer, or staff. This behavior will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from the event.
- Yelling at, threatening, or personally insulting participants or presenters (verbally or physically).
Participants asked to stop engaging in hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. The conduct rules apply to the entire ASHG Annual meeting, including official ASHG-sponsored events and related ASHG-sponsored social events, as well as the annual meeting and Society online presence (i.e., ASHG Society and meeting hashtags, Facebook pages, and other social media). All participants are expected to treat others with respect and consideration, follow appropriate rules, and alert staff of any dangerous situations, violations of this Conduct Policy, or of anyone in distress.
Violations of this Conduct Policy should be reported immediately. If you feel physically unsafe or believe a crime has been committed, you should report it to the police immediately.
To report a violation to ASHG:
- At any time (during or after the Annual Meeting), you can make a report through ASHG’s dedicated website, which will collect and promptly relay information in a secure and sensitive manner. Policies and procedures for ASHG’s management of allegations are available below. As needed, staff may involve venue security or direct you to local law enforcement as appropriate based on the specific circumstances.
Event attendees and participants are expected to cooperate with any ASHG investigation into reports of a violation of this Conduct Policy by providing information requested by ASHG that is relevant to ASHG’s investigation.
At ASHG meetings and other events, participants often combine professional activities with social interaction with other participants, venue staff, and other attendees. While ASHG encourages such networking and strengthening of connections between participants, ASHG reserves the right to remove any participant whose social attentions become unwelcome to another and who persists in such attentions after their unwelcome nature has been communicated. ASHG also reserves the right to remove any participant or attendee who appears inebriated and who engages in conduct that interferes with the ability of other attendees to participate in and enjoy the meeting. ASHG may remove any individual from attendance or other participation in any ASHG-sponsored event without prior warning or refund. If ASHG, in its reasonable judgment, determines that an individual has violated this Conduct Policy, ASHG may also prohibit the individual from attending or participating in future ASHG events, in-person or virtually. ASHG will also report on the outcome of any investigation to individuals who have reported a violation of this Conduct Policy.
Procedures: After an Incident is Reported
Allegations regarding misconduct by anyone attending or participating in the ASHG Annual Meeting are taken very seriously. These include but are not limited to all ASHG registrants, exhibitors, authors, and vendors participating at the meeting. ASHG encourages prompt reporting of violations so immediate action can be taken to address the concern. Complaints may also be raised after the ASHG event has concluded, according to the following procedures.
- ASHG has partnered with an organization dedicated to confidential intake for allegations of misconduct. If you have such a report, please contact NAVEX Global Ethics Point by phone (via the toll-free hotline at 844-519-9731) or through ASHG’s dedicated reporting website. They will ensure full information is received in a considerate fashion and that ASHG has information necessary to take any further action. It will also ensure you have a record of the information you provided. Reports may not be submitted anonymously as that would preclude an adequate investigation. Depending on the nature of complaint, complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, but all complaints will be handled with discretion and with the aim of preserving confidentiality to the extent compatible with conducting an appropriate investigation.
- Once an allegation is received, the incident will be reviewed promptly by the ASHG Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and members of ASHG’s Working Group on Professional Conduct, a subset of Board members. Note: if any of the above individuals were to be named in an allegation, they would be excluded from seeing the information.
- Based on this initial information, the complainant will be interviewed by telephone for support. The complainant will be asked to provide their views on what they would like to have happen next. Based on the sole assessment of the ASHG advisory group, the Society may determine a range of next steps.
- If the allegation is pursued, two ASHG representatives will raise the complaint with the alleged offender, who will be given a chance to respond. If facts are not in dispute, action will be taken by the ASHG Board based on its assessment of the level of misconduct.
- In many cases, we hope that a conversation—including a request to understand the negative impact of the behavior and to cease the inappropriate behavior—will be sufficient. However, the Society reserves the right to take additional steps.
- If the severity of the allegation is high, it is a possible repeat offense, or it is determined that the case is beyond ASHG’s capacity to assess claims and views on either side, ASHG may refer the case to the alleged offender’s home institution (Office of Research Integrity or similar), employer, licensing board, or law enforcement for their investigation and decision.
- If the conduct violates ASHG’s Policy, ASHG may expel the individual from membership in the Society.
Cancellation requests must be received by email to email@example.com no later than October 18, 2023, for a full refund minus an $80 administrative processing fee. No refunds will be processed after this date. ASHG will not provide a refund if an attendee is unable to attend due to travel carrier cancellations or other unforeseen incidents beyond ASHG’s control. You must be a current ASHG member prior to purchasing registration to receive discounted registration rates. Reimbursements will not be provided if ASHG membership is purchased after registering. Add-on events are non-refundable. Meeting registration cannot be transferred to another person.
By registering for and attending the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting and related meetings (the “Event”), I acknowledge that I will be voluntarily participating in a multi-day conference expected to have over 6,000 attendees who will come to the Event from many different locations across the U.S and abroad and will be participating in activities sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics (“ASHG”), held on November 1-November 5, 2023 at the Washington DC Convention Center and the Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel (Headquarter Hotel) in Washington DC, U.S.A. (collectively, the “Activities”).
I am aware that the Washington DC Convention Center is a public building and that large gatherings of individuals may create environments in which communicable viruses, infections, and other public health risks are present.
I understand that these risks include the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19. Although the United States ended its pandemic emergency declaration effective May 11, 2023, I understand that U.S. still has many cases of COVID-19 resulting in hospitalization or death. I understand that, as of April 6, 2023, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) urges all adults to be up-to-date on vaccinations against the novel coronavirus, including by receiving an updated bivalent vaccine dose, and that vaccination can confer substantial protections against COVID-19 infection and can reduce the likelihood of serious complications from COVID-19 but does not provide 100% immunity against COVID-19. I understand that ASHG will strongly encourage adherence to guidance from the CDC and other appropriate public health organizations but will not be screening attendees nor requiring vaccination when entering the Washington DC Convention Center. I agree to review and comply with the CDC’s guidance regarding relevant COVID testing and appropriate quarantine and isolation in the event that I have symptoms of COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or have been in recent close contact with a known case of COVID-19. While participating in the Activities, I agree that I will abide by any health and safety protocols ASHG requires for the Activities, including my commitment that I will not participate in the Activities for five days after first testing positive for COVID-19 or of experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that were confirmed by a positive test.
I am aware that even diligent efforts to follow public health guidance and orders cannot guarantee that participants in the Activities will not contract the virus that causes COVID-19, the flu, or other infectious diseases, and that my participation in the Activities or travel to and from the Event may expose me to and result in infection with the novel coronavirus or other transmittable conditions.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK: I have read and understood the above warning regarding communicable viruses or other infectious disease, including COVID19. I hereby choose to accept the associated risks for myself and determine that the value of attending the Event is such that I accept the risk(s) in order to attend the Event in person.
WAIVER OF LAWSUIT/LIABILITY: As consideration for being permitted by ASHG to participate in the Activities and attend the Event, I forever release ASHG and its board members, employees, volunteers, agents, attorneys, contractors, and representatives (collectively “Releasees”) from any and all liabilities, causes of action, lawsuits, claims, demands, or damages of any kind whatsoever that I, my assignees, heirs, guardians, next of kin, spouse and legal representatives now have, or may have in the future, for bodily injury, death, or property damage, related to (i) my participation in the Activities or presence at the Event, (ii) the negligence or other acts of any Releasee, whether directly connected to the Activities or not, and however caused, and (iii) the condition of the Event. This release includes, without limitation, any claims in connection with any exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases related to attendance at the Event. I understand that this waiver means I give up my right to bring any claims including but not limited for personal injuries, death, disease or property losses, or any other loss, including but not limited to claims of negligence and give up any claim I may have to seek damages, whether known or unknown, foreseen, or unforeseen.
I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THESE ACTIVITIES WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGER INVOLVED AND AGREE TO ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF BODILY INJURY, DEATH, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE WHETHER THOSE RISKS ARE KNOWN OR UNKNOWN. I HAVE CAREFULLY READ AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ALL PROVISIONS OF THIS RELEASE, AND FREELY AND KNOWINGLY ASSUME THE RISK AND WAIVE MY RIGHTS CONCERNING LIABILITY AS DESCRIBED ABOVE.
For all abstract rules and policies, please view our abstracts page.
Submission Fee Pricing: There is a non-refundable processing fee for each abstract submitted. The fee covers administrative costs for submission, review, and programming processes.
- ASHG Member Abstract Fee: $0
- Non-Member Abstract Fee (non-refundable): $50 USD (Become a Member)
- Resource-Limited Countries Abstract Fee: $0 (please check the eligible countries list for your country)
Cancellation/Refund Policy: The abstract submission fee is non-refundable. ASHG will not provide a refund if an abstract is rejected or withdrawn. Payment of the fee is not based on acceptance of your abstract submission. The fee will not be reimbursed if you join after you’ve submitted an abstract.
The American Society of Human Genetics name and acronym, logo, meeting name, and meeting logo are the property of the Society and may not be used without prior written permission. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibitors: The use of the ASHG 2023 logo, the 73rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) name, the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) name, the 75th anniversary ASHG logo, and the standard ASHG logo may be requested for use by exhibitors for mailers or other meeting-related literature, subject to approval. Please note that use of the logo does not imply endorsement of your company, publication, event, etc. The ASHG Annual Meeting logo may be used in exhibitors’ promotional material by requesting permission from ASHG at email@example.com. Please be prepared to share a sample of the material for which you are requesting the logo. Companies approved to use the ASHG Annual Meeting logo are expected to adhere to the ASHG Brand Guidelines regarding its use and placement.
Attendees are strictly prohibited from taking photos, videos, or audio recordings of speakers presenting their slides. ASHG aims to encourage presentation of the latest findings by protecting researchers sharing unpublished information and protecting patient privacy, as well as prevent disruption in the session rooms. In addition, authors presenting are encouraged to indicate on their slides that photos or recordings should not be taken, using an image file supplied by ASHG. Attendees, including journalists and members of the media, may not share or republish slides, unpublished data, or presentation materials (including poster information) from press conferences or scientific presentations without explicit written permission from the presenter. All attendees are expected and required to abide by any recording or photography requests made by a presenter in a scientific session. When registering, you are required to agree that you will adhere to this policy.*
Poster authors who do not want their posters to be photographed will have to indicate as such on their posters, using an image file supplied by ASHG. Official screenshots, photographs, and session recordings will be taken at the ASHG Annual Meeting. You also agree to appearing in any subsequent release by ASHG of recorded sessions. Attendees, including journalists and members of the media, may not share or republish slides, unpublished data, or presentation materials (including poster information) from press conferences or scientific presentations without explicit written permission from the presenter. All attendees are expected and required to abide by any recording or photography requests made by a presenter in a scientific session.
ASHG welcomes social media use at the ASHG Annual Meeting, including live tweeting. Specifically, we ask social media users to adhere to the following:
- Follow ASHG on Twitter (@GeneticsSociety) and Instagram (@GeneticsSociety) and use the #ASHG23 meeting hashtag to join the conversation about the ASHG 2023 Annual Meeting.
- Employ commonly used hashtags that relate to the content to increase engagement.
- Treat all participants, attendees, ASHG staff, and vendors with respect and consideration, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
- Be respectful and collaborative; communicate openly and with respect for others, critiquing ideas rather than individuals.
- Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, ASHG staff, and suppliers/vendors.
- Credit (identify) presenters by name.
- Do not take or share photographs of individuals under 18 on social media without explicit verbal or written permission of a parent or guardian.