Code of Conduct

*Adapted from the Society for Freshwater Sciences (SFS) code of conduct

The CoBS 2023 meeting is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and organizers. All participants including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, service providers, and others are expected to abide by this CoBS 2023 Code of Conduct. In addition to the CoBS 2023 Code of Conduct, all conference attendees will be expected to follow UNL policies for students and employees; any violations of UNL policies will be forwarded to the appropriate office.

COVID policy:

We expect all COBS 2023 attendees to follow the conference COVID policy. Attendees are expected to wear face coverings during all conference events except during meals and social events such as coffee hours. Attendees are encouraged to socially distance and take advantage of outdoor spaces during meals and social events.

Expected behavior:

CoBS encourages a constructive dialog and asks meeting attendees to respect the following guidelines while participating in the conference:

  • Communicate openly with respect and consideration for others, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
  • Avoid personal attacks directed toward other attendees, participants, and staff.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Respect the rules and policies of the meeting venue and hotels.
  • Request permission from speakers before recording or taking photographs during their presentation or extracting materials from the meeting website or program.
  • All members should feel empowered to speak up or intervene if they observe discriminatory behavior directed at others.

Unacceptable behavior:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Physical, written, or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, service provider or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, service provider or other meeting guest.

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior and Consequences:

Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety is advised to contact 911.

Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately notify the conference organizers. You may contact Jessica Corman at or Hal Halvorson at

After receiving a report of inappropriate behavior, a conference representative will assess the report and work with the complainant to determine the most appropriate response. CoBS is committed to protecting the privacy of all individuals involved in the incident to the greatest extent possible. When necessary, the CoBS organizers will be notified that a complaint has been received so we can consider appropriate actions.

The CoBS organizers reserve the right to take any lawful action we deem necessary in response to a violation of this code. This includes, but is not limited to, the immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund.