The Rotman Institute of Philosophy is committed to facilitating productive and enjoyable philosophical discussions among our members and attendees of Institute hosted events. We aim to host events where participants from diverse backgrounds may learn from and enjoy the company of colleagues in an inclusive and professional environment. Harassment, therefore, is specifically prohibited.
Harassment is understood as any behavior that is known, or ought reasonably to be known, to threaten or offend another person or group of people. It includes verbal comments, and other forms of conduct, directed against a person or group because of their gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical disability, age, religion, native language, race, ethnicity, or any other dimension of diversity. For example, this policy prohibits, among other things, deliberate intimidation, sustained disruption of talks and other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Attendance implies consent to abide by this code of conduct in all Institute venues, including online events, and Institute social events.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please speak, in confidence, to the designated Safety Officer(s) for the event. Each event shall include 1 or 2 faculty members designated as a Safety Officer, responsible for addressing conduct violations. Safety Officers will respond to any issues the session chair either does not witness or does not feel comfortable addressing (eg. – if the session chair is a graduate student and the person who violated the code of conduct is a faculty member).
Unacceptable behavior from any attendee, speaker, session chair, or staff, including those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated. Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. If necessary, the Safety Officer or on-site security may take further action, including:
Based on the nature of the violation and the response, the Safety Officer, in concert with the Rotman Institute’s Director and Executive Committee, will decide upon appropriate actions. Violation of these guidelines can result in individuals being asked to leave an event or online space, either temporarily or for the duration of the event, or being banned from participation in future events and activities in perpetuity.
In formal settings, such as Institute hosted colloquia, reading groups, workshops, and conferences, attendees are asked to abide by the following set of guidelines to facilitate respectful and constructive discussions. Individuals selected to chair discussions are asked to review these guidelines prior to the start of events. Leading by example, session chairs can help to ensure that everyone behaves in an appropriate and inclusive manner.