NISO Plus Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to comply with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for all participants.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, please contact Jason Griffey, NISO Director of Strategic Initiatives, at, 423-443-4770 (call or SMS), or anonymously on the web form below. All reports will be kept confidential.

The Quick Version

NISO and the NISO Plus Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religious affiliation (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. NISO Plus Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

The More Detailed Version

NISO seeks to provide a conference environment in which diverse participants may learn, network, and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect. We recognize a shared responsibility to create and hold that environment for the benefit of all. Speakers and sponsors are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Participants may exercise their option to leave a session or a conversation.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. In the context of the information professions, a critical examination of beliefs and viewpoints does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact Jason Griffey (noted above) or any member of NISO staff immediately. NISO staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing orange lanyards. NISO Staff will assist in making sure your report is taken by a member of the Code of Conduct Onsite Team (see below). If you would prefer to report anonymously, or do not feel comfortable approaching a staff member, you may use the web form at and staff will investigate as appropriate.

Code of Conduct reports will be investigated by the Code of Conduct Onsite Team. For NISO Plus 2020, that team is composed of:

  • Jason Griffey
  • Maria Stanton
  • Jabin White
  • Laura Paglione

NISO staff or any member of the Onsite team will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance and will assist you in any way that we can to ensure your safety.

All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all conference venues, including online venues, and conference social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Conference participants seek to learn, network and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.


In order to make the NISO Plus Conference a great experience for everyone, do not photograph, video, or audio record anyone wearing a Red lanyard, and ask permission in advance for those wearing a Yellow lanyard.

Crowd shots are permitted, but when only the faces of a few people are visible, permission should be sought from all of those individuals.

Emergency Contact Information

If you believe anyone is in physical danger, please dial 911. For other needs, contact the relevant authorities below.

Community contact information


Emergency – 911

Non-emergency – (410) 396-1222

Anonymous reporting/tip line – in Baltimore City you may call 911 and report a crime anonymously. You will be asked for identity and location but you do not need to provide that information (

Rape crisis

TurnAround, Inc.
1800 North Charles St., Suite 404
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: (410) 837-7000
Hotline: 443-279-0379


Emergency room

The closest emergency room to the Lord Baltimore Hotel is at the University of Maryland, located at:
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Adult: 410-328-9595
Pediatric: 410-328-6335
Psychiatric: 410-328-1219

Urgent care

The closest urgent care provider to the Lord Baltimore Hotel is:
Concentra Urgent Care
Urgent Care
Address: 100 S Charles Street, Suite 150, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 752-3010

Mental health crisis line

BCRI (Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc.)

If you are unsure whether the incident is a violation, or whether the space where it happened is covered by this Code of Conduct, we encourage you to still report it. We would much rather have a few extra reports where we decide to take no action, rather than miss a report of an actual violation. We do not look negatively on you if we find the incident is not a violation. And knowing about incidents that are not violations, or happen outside our spaces, can also help us to improve the Code of Conduct or the processes surrounding it.

Code of Conduct Anonymous Reporting Form

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