TESOL International Association is committed to providing safe and welcoming environments for all who participate in its conferences, programs, and other events.  TESOL prohibits and will not tolerate any form of harassment, bullying, or discrimination. Our goal is to host programs and events that are as inclusive as possible for our attendees, regardless of language background, race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion and belief, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, culture, geographic location, or professional status.  Accordingly, we believe that it is important for TESOL to support the free expression and exchange of ideas in environments that are positive and productive for all.


TESOL International Association has established this Attendee Code of Conduct (the “Code”) to serve as a guideline for the professional conduct of anyone attending or participating in a TESOL International Association sponsored program or event and to inform attendees of the consequences for unacceptable behavior. This Code supplements and supports other policies of TESOL, including the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy and its mission and values. The Code is intended to supplement, but not replace, those policies that are applicable to all members. We expect all attendees at TESOL International Association events to follow the Code so that all participants can enjoy the program or event responsibly and with respect for the rights of others. Failure to abide by the Code is subject to corrective action and sanctions, including refused admission, ejection, banishment, and other penalties consistent with this Code.

Scope and Applicability

The Code applies to all attendees, media representatives, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, staff, contractors, volunteers, organizers, and other guests (collectively referred to as “Participants”) at TESOL International Association programs, conferences, events, meetings, social gatherings, and other activities held, sponsored, or affiliated with TESOL. Your attendance at any of these events will be deemed to be your agreement to abide by this Conference Code of Conduct.

Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are kindly requested of all Participants at TESOL International Association programs and events:

  • Behaving in a courteous and professional manner
  • Treating all participants with respect, dignity, and consideration, in the spirit of valuing a diversity of views and opinions
  • Being considerate, respectful, and collaborative in your communication and actions
  • Discussing differences and critiquing ideas in a non-confrontational manner with due regard for the viewpoints of others
  • Refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech
  • Reporting suspected inappropriate behaviors directed at yourself or others
  • Respecting the rules, policies, and property of TESOL International Association and its facilities and vendors
  • Complying with all applicable laws and regulations

Reporting Unacceptable Behavior

If you believe you are being subjected to inappropriate conduct, believe someone else is being subjected to inappropriate conduct, or have any other concerns, and would like to report the situation and/or have a confidential discussion with a knowledgeable person, you may contact TESOL International Association via this form.  TESOL has created this reporting form for people who seek information, guidance or a safe place to report and discuss their concerns about conduct at a conference hosted by TESOL International Association. To report a violation of this Code, please use this form. If you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if you see something suspicious or would like to report a security issue or emergency, please contact venue security or local law enforcement.

Violations of this Code are taken seriously and reported transgressions will be thoroughly investigated by TESOL International Association leadership with discretion. Any and all TESOL representatives involved in case are required to maintain confidentiality in regard to any materials submitted or received in connection with any reported violation. Although TESOL will make reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of its investigation and any relevant materials, it cannot assure confidentiality as it may disclose case-related materials or information in response to legal process, when already publicly known, or when leadership otherwise determines disclosure is in the best interests of the parties. If you believe you are being subjected to inappropriate conduct, believe someone else is being subjected to inappropriate conduct, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact TESOL International Association.