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Code of Conduct

AAEP is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all convention attendees. All participants, including registered attendees, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, guests, service providers, and AAEP staff, are expected to behave responsibly in all AAEP activities in which they participate.

Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.

  • Physical or verbal abuse of an individual participating in or assisting with any AAEP convention activity.

  • Verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any convention participant.

  • Disruption of presentations at sessions, in the trade show, or at other events organized by AAEP at the meeting venue, hotels, or other AAEP-contracted facilities.

AAEP has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants at our meetings. If you experience harassment or witness any incidents of unacceptable behavior, the AAEP asks that you inform Lori Rawls, AAEP’s director of finance and operations, either on-site or at (859) 537-1443 so that appropriate action can be taken. 

AAEP reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the convention without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and AAEP reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting.


Your participation in this event involves a certain degree of risk of loss, harm or injury to your person or property, including, but not limited to harm from contracting COVID-19 or other viruses, acts of God, theft, fire or accident. You must also understand that participation in this event is entirely voluntary and that AAEP requires attendees to abide by any applicable rules of conduct or local or state laws that may be announced at any time during the event, which may include wearing personal protective gear and engaging in social distancing. While AAEP is the sponsor of this event and takes commercially responsible steps to require the event facility to maintain the venue in a safe and healthy condition, you must understand and acknowledge that AAEP has no direct control over and is not responsible for the acts or omissions of the facility or others involved in producing this event. You are asked to carefully consider the risk involved and waive and release AAEP and all its officers, directors, employees, staff, volunteers, faculty and affiliates from any and all claims, damages, injuries, or expenses that you may incur from your participation in this event.