American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Code of Conduct
To foster a positive environment built upon a foundation of trust, respect, open communications, and ethical behavior, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Board of Directors has issued a Code of Conduct that applies to AASHTO staff, Association members, and all AASHTO meeting and event attendees, for the duration of AASHTO events or when participating in other events representing AASHTO.
At all times, AASHTO staff, Association members, and meeting and event attendees, will be expected to abide by the Code of Conduct, specifically:
- Contribute to a collegial, inclusive, positive, and respectful environment.
- Consistently show respect to others and never take any inappropriate actions based on race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, presence of disabilities, or educational background.
- Interact with others in a cooperative and respectful manner, never using insulting, harassing, or otherwise offensive language in their interactions. Disruptive, harassing, or inappropriate behavior toward other AASHTO staff, Association members, and meeting and event attendees, is unacceptable. Personal boundaries set by others must be observed. Harassment of any kind, including but not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances and other verbal or physical harassment will not be tolerated.
- Obey all applicable laws and regulations of the relevant government authorities while acting on behalf of AASHTO; obey all applicable laws and regulations of the relevant government authorities while attending AASHTO meetings and events, and comply with all applicable safety guidelines.
Violations of this Code of Conduct should be reported promptly to AASHTO staff for investigation, or can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org, or reported to the AASHTO Executive Director or AASHTO President if appropriate. To the extent possible, AASHTO will try to keep the reporting individual’s concerns confidential; however confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, and the reporting individual’s identity may need to be revealed as the claim is investigated. Anyone, regardless of position or title, AASHTO determines has engaged in conduct that violates this policy will be subject to corrective action depending on the nature of the violation. Retaliation for reporting perceived violations in good faith or for cooperating in the investigations of any claims will not be tolerated.