The ECPR and its Standing Groups organise a number of annual, regular and one-off events and operates a number of activities with the purposes of professional development, training and scholarly and educational exchange. The ECPR is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment and experience for all participants at its events and through all its activities regardless of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, age, or religion. ‘Participants’ includes (but is not limited to) all people taking part in an event or activity, including event participants, instructors and teaching assistants, ECPR staff, local staff, exhibitors, editors and authors.
The ECPR expects all participants to conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner towards all fellow participants at all times. Harassment, unprofessional behaviour or inappropriate behaviour towards other participants undermine the principle of equity at the heart of these events and activities, are inconsistent with the principles of the ECPR and should not be tolerated.
Examples of unacceptable behaviour include:
- persistent and unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy
- persistent and unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy accompanied by real or implied threat of professional or physical harm
- intimidating, harassing, abusive, personally derogatory or demeaning speech or actions
- prejudicial actions or comments related to actual or perceived gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, age, or religion
- deliberate intimidation or stalking
- inappropriate photography or recording
- sustained disruption of panels, talks or other discussions
- physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping)
The ECPR expects participants to act appropriately to mitigate or avoid potential harm to a fellow participant should they witness any behaviour they feel to be inappropriate. In situations where a participant feels a fellow participant is in imminent physical danger at an event they should alert ECPR or local staff or security immediately.
The Executive Committee has appointed two senior scholars from within the ECPR’s membership – Yvonne Galligan and Hanspeter Kriesi – who participants wishing to report any behaviour they consider to be unacceptable or in contravention of the Code of Conduct can approach. The appointed officers can be approached either during an event or via email to Yvonne Galligan or Hanspeter Kriesi.
All complaints will be passed on to the Executive Committee and treated in a confidential manner. In the first instance, it is anticipated that the role of the appointed officers will be kept quite limited (i.e. that this process will evolve over time). The ECPR does not currently have a process to investigate, review evidence, rule on complaints or issue sanctions, but will instead monitor complaints for patterns of behaviour and regularly review whether any action or revision to this policy may be required.