Conference Code of Conduct

Safe Routes to School is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools, and it can also play a critical role in providing more physical activity and enhancing traffic safety.

A biennial, multidisciplinary event, the 4th Safe Routes to School National conference is organized by the Local Government Commission, and sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

The conference brings together a national audience of transportation and health professionals, SRTS advocates and program representatives, youth leaders and youth advocates, educators and school administrators, local elected officials, planners, architects, crime prevention professionals, community members, and many others, and to connect with colleagues to discuss ideas, resources, projects and noteworthy practices to enhance work that is creating more active kids and safer communities.

Therefore, the right to participate and actively engage in open dialogue between all attendees is an essential part of the conference and we cherish the diversity of ideas and opinions. The conference organizers also acknowledge the freedom of expression of our sponsors, speakers and participants.

To promote and protect this essential open dialogue, we would like to set a few ground rules that will be in effect for the duration of the conference:

  • All attendees shall behave in a professional, courteous and respectful manner, refraining from abusive, forceful, destructive language and/or actions.
  • All attendees shall show respect for the opinions and perspectives of other conference attendees, regardless of whether they agree with them or not.
  • All attendees shall use common conversational courtesy: listen respectfully and refrain from interrupting.
  • Personal attacks will not be tolerated.
  • In the event a disruption occurs (such as harassing or persistently taunting a speaker, moderator, conference organizer or other conference attendee), we reserve the right to
    ask the person(s) causing the disruption to immediately leave the conference and hotel premises. Conference organizers and hotel security will make the final decision based
    upon the severity of the situation.
  • Physical force, or threats of physical force, will not be tolerated. If any type of force or threat is used, we reserve the right to ask the offender to immediately leave the conference and hotel premises. Conference organizers and hotel security will make the final decision based upon the severity of the situation.
  • Attendees who are asked to leave the conference for any of the reasons listed above will not receive a refund for their conference registration costs.
  • You will not be able to return to the remainder of the conference if you are asked to leave.

If you have a question about any of these rules, please contact a representative of the conference organizer, the Local Government Commission.