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SEPM Code of Conduct

The Society takes any form of harassment seriously and there may be significant consequences for any unacceptable behavior including but not limited to membership revocation, prohibition from future Society activities, and notification to other concerned parties.


SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) is an international Society dedicated to the dissemination of scientific information on sedimentology geology.

SEPM encourages open and respectful dialogue at all of the Society’s activities, including but not limited to:  conferences, field trips, short courses, online presence, social media platforms and its numerous publications.  SEPM promotes, provides, expects and endorses a professional and respectful atmosphere and values a diversity of views and opinions.
 The Society is dedicated to providing a harassment, intimidation, and discrimination-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual or gender orientation, national origin, age, disability, appearance or genetic information. The Society does not tolerate harassment of individuals attending or participating in the Society’s activities in any form. Language, images, or harmful stereotypes invoking any, but not limited to, the categories listed above are not appropriate for any venue or media. 

At all SEPM activities, participants, guests, volunteers, exhibitors, SEPM staff, service providers, and others in attendance are expected to abide by this SEPM Code of Conduct, which may include participating or cooperating in an investigation of a violation or suspected violation of this Code of Conduct. 

Participants violating this policy may be sanctioned by the Society, including but not limited to, being expelled from an activity without reimbursement of any fees paid and/or barred from participating in future activities of the Society.  

Expected Behavior

All participants, guests, volunteers, exhibitors, SEPM staff, service providers, and others in involved in any SEPM activity are to:

Unacceptable Behavior 

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

Alcohol consumption or use of other intoxicating substances is neither an excuse nor an invitation for violation of this Code of Conduct.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety or a criminal act is expected to contact the appropriate local authorities. Those witnessing a potential criminal act should also take actions necessary to maintain their own personal safety. 

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please immediately notify SEPM leadership (i.e., a SEPM Council member or SEPM staff) who is  on-site in person or by e-mail or by phone.  Contact information can be found in the following links – SEPM Council and SEPM Staff . 

If you believe an incident is ongoing, you should notify local SEPM leadership as soon as possible.  SEPM onsite leadership may take immediate action depending on the nature of the incident to ensure the safety or continuity of any SEPM activity.  

You may also email SEPM at

If you are unsure whether the incident is a violation of this Code of Conduct, or whether the space where it happened is covered by this Code of Conduct, the Society encourages you to still report it to SEPM. The Society would much rather have a few extra reports than miss a report of an actual violation. The Society does not consider it a negative action when someone reports an incident even if SEPM finds the incident is not a violation of this Code of Conduct. Knowing about incidents that are not violations, or incidents that happen outside our spaces, can help us to improve the Code of Conduct or the processes surrounding it.

All reports will be kept as confidential as possible, subject to the need to disclose information in the investigation and the Society’s response process or as otherwise required by applicable law.  In your report please include:


What happens after you file a report?

If you have provided your contact information or the Society knows your contact information, you will receive an email from the SEPM acknowledging receipt of your report. 

To the extent possible, SEPM will review the report and any incident to which it has information even if a report has not been made to determine:

The Society appreciates your assistance in helping the Society provide a professional and respectful atmosphere at all activities associated with the Society.  If you have any questions about this Code of Conduct, please feel free to contact Dr. Howard Harper, SEPM Executive Director at or +1 918-808-6985

A PDF version of this Code is available for download here SEPM-CodeofConduct-Final-4-4-2019.pdf

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