Reporting Procedures

Reporting procedures for how to report violations of the IBNS Meeting Code of Conduct. Enforcement procedures can be found here.

Code of Conduct:

Contact Information: Contact the IBNS Central Office at [email protected] +01 830-796-9393 or 1-866-377-4416 (toll-free from within the United States) and request to talk to a member of the Ethics and Diversity Committee (a committee member can be specified, if desired, or they can be contacted directly through their institutional email address) or the IBNS President.

All registered participants, staff, sponsors, vendors, volunteers, and guests have agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct. IBNS meeting attendees who invite a guest must ensure that their guest is familiar with, and abides by, the Code of Conduct. Violations of the Code of Conduct by a guest could also result in sanctions for the IBNS member who invited them to the meeting. Our official conference policies also protect the IBNS and its members against liability.


An anonymous report means that the complainant’s name is not recorded and may not be disclosed. *Note, it may not be possible to formally investigate or sanction incidents reported anonymously on behalf of a victim. However, they will be recorded and considered in developing preventative procedures and for identifying patterns of behavior among individuals (e.g. repeat offenders).

A confidential report means that we will do our best to protect the identities of the complainant and other involved parties but we cannot guarantee anonymity. Safety is paramount. If someone is in danger or there is a threat, we must ensure safety. In some cases, disclosure of identities is legally required. Therefore, we cannot guarantee confidentiality.

Reports and recommendations will be made anonymously whenever possible and be kept confidential at all times; names will be provided to the Executive Council only if serious sanctions are warranted (see Enforcement Procedures document).


Reporting procedures adapted from The Council of Evolution Societies: