ESA Code of Conduct

The Entomological Society of America has a clear code of conduct for all our professional meetings. Here is the 2017 version:

Harassment and Safety: ESA is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone attending our events, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. It is important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is neither healthy nor productive. Accordingly, ESA prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during our conferences. This policy applies to speakers, staff, volunteers, and attendees. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference, at the discretion of ESA leadership.

Harassment of ESA participants will not be tolerated in any form. Harassment includes offensive gestures or verbal comments related to ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant or exhibitor engages in harassing behavior, ESA leadership may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from a simple warning to the offender to expulsion from this and future conferences.

Ento-Allies is not affiliated with the Entomological Society of America or any other entomological organization. We exist to help people find the appropriate resources, and to provide extra support.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, contact ESA staff to work with ESA leadership to resolve the situation. The key ESA contact person is Rosina Romano,, 301-731-4535 x3010.


If you would like to chat with someone informally or need support, look for an Ento-Ally wearing a square Ento-Allies pin, like the one at right.  The purpose of Ento-Allies is to create visible and vetted colleagues that are available for you to talk to about your concerns and to support you. If you want to make a formal report, we will go with you. If you choose to do nothing, that is ok too.