Acquisitions Institute Code of Conduct


The Acquisitions Institute seeks and welcomes a variety of opinions, voices and perspectives. We encourage participation from people of all races, ethnicities, genders, ages, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations. We strive to create an inclusive and respectful conference experience, inviting and encouraging diverse perspectives and opinions through professional engagement and discourse.

Code of Conduct

All attendees of the Acquisitions Institute are expected to adhere to our professional Code of Conduct. Prohibited behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment, discrimination, bullying, or intimidation based on race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, political affiliation, or other group status (Note: respectful disagreement does not constitute harassment)
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, physical or virtual stalking, or inappropriate physical contact without consent or after a request to stop
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Harassment via sustained disruption of a speaker at an event or presentation
  • Abusive comments (verbal or written)
  • Refusal to follow health and safety policies (e.g., state and local mandates, policies related to COVID-19)


According to UNESCO, discrimination includes unfavorable treatment of an individual or individuals on the basis of: gender, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, social class, age (subject to the usual conventions on retirement), marital status or family responsibilities, or as a result of any conditions or requirements that do not accord with the principles of fairness and natural justice.

Conflict Resolution

The Acquisitions Institute welcomes and encourages free speech and respectful presentation of potentially controversial ideas.

Anyone asked by a fellow attendee or member of the AITL planning committee to stop abusive, discriminatory, or harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately.

Should any attendee feel that they have been the target of or witnessed any behavior in violation of the Code of Conduct, please report it to a member of the Acquisitions Institute Planning Committee immediately.

Anyone displaying discriminatory, combative, or harassing behavior will be subject to appropriate action as agreed upon by the AITL planning committee. This may include (but is not limited to) a disclosed conversation, restorative discussion between attendees, or dismissal from the institute without a refund.


The AITL Planning Committee is grateful for the thoughtful Codes of Conduct developed by our colleagues from the following conferences:

WLA (Washington Library Association)