Best practice guidelines for events

All academic institutions and professional associations have a collective responsibility to respond to, and prevent, their members from being significantly impacted by issues related to any form of discrimination, gender-based violence, and sexual assault and harassment. This relates to sexual assault and harassment that takes place at or prior to events such as professional meetings, where there is a danger of those impacted being required to interact with perpetrators. Professional associations must uphold this responsibility even as they adjudicate the benefits or bestowal of membership.

These collaborative best practice guidelines for events outline an action plan for allies, members of professional associations, and academic institutions and professional associations themselves to draw on. As a disclaimer, we advise you not to treat this list as a text that should be strictly followed, but as a compilation of pre-emptive, contemporaneous, and post-event strategies to reflect on, consider, and implement in appropriate ways as you see fit. Most importantly, it is also a living document – if you have any further suggestions, or ways to revise, please send an email to

How to cite: MeTooAnthro et al. “Best Practice Guidelines and Action Plan for Events.” Online. Retrieved from

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