Code of Conduct


Biographers International Organization (BIO) exists as a professional organization, and holds professional conferences, meetings, and other related events to enable its members to receive continuing education, build professional networks, recognize exemplary achievement, and discover new products and services for professional use.

To provide all members, as well as conference attendees, speakers, staff, and volunteers, the opportunity to benefit from BIO, the organization is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, or other group identity.

As an association, BIO is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and the free expression of ideas.

BIO seeks to provide an environment, both at its events and in its general interactions with members — whether virtually, in e-mail, or in person — in which diverse participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Some behaviors are, therefore, specifically prohibited:

  • Harassment or intimidation based on race, religion, language, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, appearance, or other group status.
  • Sexual harassment or intimidation, including inappropriate overtures (whether physical or virtual in nature), unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (whether physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Using conference-related meetings or materials, including the membership mailing list, to engage in harassment or intimidation, including but not limited to the use of e-mails, texts, or telephone.

All BIO members are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all interactions with other members, including conference and online venues, and/or other BIO events. If a member is asked to stop hostile, harassing or inappropriate behavior, the member is expected to comply immediately. Non-compliance will result in expulsion from the organization, as well as a forfeiture of dues.

BIO members seek to learn, network, and enjoy the company and professional engagement of their colleagues; please do so responsibly and with respect for the rights of others to do likewise.

Complaints of misconduct should be submitted to BIO’s Executive Committee through either or