Creating a supportive environment to enable scientific discourse at the Front Range Microbiome Symposium is the highest priority for meeting organizers and is a responsibility of all participants. Any actions or words that prevents this from happening will not be tolerated.

All meeting participants are expected to:

  • -Conduct themselves in a professional manner that is welcoming to all participants and free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation
  • -Treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment
  • -Avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or religion (or lack thereof)
  • -Communicate openly, with civil attitudes, critiquing ideas rather than individuals
  • -Immediately alert meeting organizers [Susan De Long, Tiffany Weir] if you experience or if you notice someone in distress, perceive a potentially inappropriate situation or dangerous situation. If your concerns are with a meeting organizer, please contact Jan Leach in person or by email (
  • -Anyone experiencing or witnessing behavior that constitutes an immediate or serious threat to public safety, or a criminal act, is expected to contact 911

Unacceptable Behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • -Harassment includes intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention
  • -Verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion
  • -Use of sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. However, we do note that we work on biological matters, so professional discussions of reproduction of animal systems are acceptable
  • -Threats (made in jest, implied, or real) of physical, professional or financial harm

Social media etiquette:

  • Live-tweeting and sharing of The Front Range Microbiome Symposium content on social media from oral presentations is welcomed as a way to spread information throughout social networks (including pictures of slides and presenters). For Twitter, please use the hashtag #FRMS2024 #microbiome. For speakers please include your twitter handle to help us link your identity to your research.
  • Taking pictures of posters is not permitted without permission of the presenting author.  
  • If a meeting speaker does not wish to have his/her research shared by Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks, he/she should discuss this with Susan De Long in person or via email ( We will verify the symposium MC communicates this to the audience
  • CSU will also have public relations (PR) personnel taking video/interviews during the symposium. If you do not wish to be captured in this information, please let organizers [Susan De Long, Tiffany Weir] know so we can protect your anonymity  

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior:

  • Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to immediately cease and desist. Meeting organizers will institute actions including immediate removal from the meeting at their discretion

Code of Conduct adapted from the Rocky Mountain Geobiology Symposium and Titus Brown