Code of Conduct
The Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference is an annual event for Mason instructors, GTA’s, administrators, staff, and our local community members to forge a sense of community around teaching and learning. All presenters, sponsors, attendees and volunteers are required to follow our Code of Conduct. The 2021 ITL conference planning team will enforce this code throughout the event.
Our goal is to create a space where everyone feels welcomed to participate, engage in conversation, and ask questions. We ask that all participants help us to create safe and positive experiences for everyone. ITL is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone and will not tolerate harassment of any participant, attendee, guest, or volunteer, in any form. Sexual misconduct and discriminatory conduct (language, imagery) are not appropriate at any time during the conference (e.g., on screen, in public or private chat; in Q&A, during presentations, or in breakout sessions; on social media platforms or online media).
- All participants, attendees, and ITL staff/volunteers are treated with respect and consideration. We value diverse thoughts and opinions.
- Please be respectful, considerate and try to collaborate during conflict.
- Remember to critique ideas rather than individuals.
- Please use preferred pronouns.
- Respect the rules and policies of this conference and various systems (i.e., Zoom, Sched), in main meeting rooms, as well as in breakout rooms or social gatherings/postings.
Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, inappropriate verbal/written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or national origin; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images and links on screen, in chats, or in live Q&A:
- Personal attacks directed toward attendees, sponsor representatives, ITL staff/volunteers, and any University staff that provide support to the conference.
- Discriminatory, demeaning or harassing actions/words.
- Disruption of presenter, attendee, or session host talk/leadership during the session or social events
Consequences and reporting unacceptable behavior
Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. ITL staff/volunteers may take appropriate action, including immediate removal from the session and/or the conference for any remaining sessions. ITL reserves the right to prohibit any attendance at any future conference or related event. Individuals are subject to consequences set forth by George Mason University.
If you experience or witness unacceptable behavior, please notify an ITL staff member or volunteer immediately. The “Announcement” page in the Sched app will list ITL staff contact information; staff are trained to assist you if you need to report harassment or another online safety/security issue.
While the conference is online this year, participants should consider the conference a public event as they would if the conference was held on campus.
Relatedly, after a great deal of consideration of the conference goals, and community feedback, we have decided that live/synchronous sessions will NOT be recorded. We want live sessions to be interactive experiences in which participants have opportunities to connect meaningfully with each other—feeling comfortable to share their teaching-related experiences or try out new ideas without the additional stress of being recorded. We encourage live/synchronous presenters to consider the types of resources that would be most valuable to share on the ITL Conference Proceedings site after the event for both session attendees and non-attendees in lieu of a session recording. We ask that any session facilitators who choose to create session outcome materials keep in mind participant privacy concerns.
We collect and process personal data from you only for lawful reasons, such as our legitimate interests, your consent, or to fulfill our legal or contractual obligations. For additional information, view Sched’s full privacy statement.
Zoom is committed to protecting your personal data. We use reasonable and appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration and destruction, taking into due account the risks involved in the processing and the nature of the personal data. For additional information, view Zoom’s full privacy statement.
How to access the 2021 ITL conference
In order to access the Zoom session links for the live sessions, you need to first register for the conference through EventBrite. Once you are registered, you will receive an email from EventBrite confirming your registration AND a second email with directions on how to access the conference scheduling app (Sched). In Sched, you can select your sessions and access the Zoom links. Please see the registration page for more information. Having trouble with Zoom? Please contact ITS.
The Stearns Center is committed to providing equitable experiences for all ITL participants and will try to accommodate access needs. Please email Ashley Joiner (email@example.com) if you have any accommodation requests or questions.
Contingency plans…what to do if a live session ends unexpectedly.
If you have trouble accessing zoom, please restart your computer and make sure you have the latest version on your device. Please visit its.gmu.edu for additional Zoom set up information. Please call ITS at 703-993-8870 for any Zoom issues. In some rare situations, we may have to end a session early or restart a session or there may be a technical delay launching the session, please check the announcement page in Sched for additional information.