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TRS UK code of conduct for conferences

Theology and Religious Studies UK (TRS UK) has produced a draft code of conduct for conferences which aims to deal with eliminating harassment and improving professional behaviour and value at academic conferences.

TRS UK is the national organisation which represents academic groups whose primary focus is the academic study of religion.

The template has been adapted from codes authored by New College PhD candidate Jo Thor and the 1752 Group, a UK-based research and lobby organisation working to end sexual misconduct in Higher Education.

Template document

The TRS-UK Code of Conduct for Conferences Template is reproduced below:

This template may be of use to organisers who wish to develop a code of conduct to address issues of unprofessional behaviour and harassment at conferences. TRS-UK recognises that it is increasingly considered good practice to have a dedicated person or persons to whom delegates can be directed should there be any support they require. This template can be adapted for local conditions.

Code of Conduct Statement

The conference organizers are committed to making this event accessible and productive for everyone, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership and pregnancy and maternity. We will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please follow these guidelines:

  • Be constructive in your questions and discussions. Do not insult or put down other attendees.
  • Behave professionally. Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes are not appropriate. Harassment includes sustained disruption of talks, inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention or innuendo, deliberate intimidation, stalking, and photography or recording of an individual without consent. It also includes offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion.
  • All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds.

Participants asked to stop any inappropriate behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave the event at the sole discretion of the organisers without a refund of any charge.

Any participant who wishes to report a violation of this policy or to seek support is asked to speak, in confidence, to the conference Equality and Diversity Officer/anyone with a committee badge/named person as appropriate.


TRS UK website

1752 Group


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