PCA/ACA

Code of Conduct

PCA/ACA Code of Conduct

 

The Popular Culture Association welcomes you and appreciates your participation at its conferences, online forums, meetings, and functions. Founded by Ray B. Browne in 1970, the Popular Culture Association is committed to fostering an inclusive, multidisciplinary community dedicated to the study of everyday life. We invite diverse approaches, both traditional and innovative, to a wide array of topics in the arts, humanities and social sciences and strive to provide an intellectually and creatively stimulating environment for inquiry, expression, and learning. We are committed to mentoring new and young academic professionals, offering guidance and networking opportunities, and strive for the highest standards of scholarship and professional integrity. At our conferences, you will encounter a supportive, considerate, and enjoyable environment where you can express diverse views and encounter new ways of thinking about culture. The PCA is committed to providing an inclusive and harassment-free environment for all, regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, geographic location, age, or other group identity. PCA members and all participants in PCA functions and events are expected to treat all persons with consideration and dignity while ensuring the robust exchange of ideas.

 

In order to ensure a supportive space for all, while ensuring freedom of intellectual and creative expression, we ascribe to the following code of conduct. Behaviors described below are unacceptable:

 

  • Discriminating against others based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, geographic location, age, or other group identity.
  • Harassing or intimidating others based on gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, ethnicity, religion, geographic location, age, or other group identity.
  • Engaging in sexual harassment or intimidation, including unwelcome sexual attention, stalking (physical or virtual), or unsolicited physical contact.
  • Shouting down, threatening, or defaming others.

 

All participants are expected to adhere to these guidelines at Popular Culture Association meetings and functions, on social media and networking platforms, and in formal email communications. 

 

All attendees at conferences are expected to follow the above guidelines in all convention venues, including online and at convention social events. Speakers should frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Attendees may always exercise their option to leave a session or a conversation.  If a hostile altercation should arise, participants may be asked to leave and must do so at the request of a session chair or other PCA representative.

 

Attendees asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Hotel security and/or local law enforcement may be involved as appropriate, based on specific circumstances. Please report any physical assault or threats to the hotel staff, a PCA Governing Board member or other official PCA representative, or local police department.

 

 In addition, the following behaviors are unacceptable at PCA conferences:

  • Plagiarizing, or presenting material that is not your own without proper attribution.
  • Sharing others’ personal information or intellectual property without consent.
  • Misrepresenting your rank or identity during the conference registration or presentation process.
  • Failing to appear for scheduled conference presentations without notifying PCA leadership in the case of non-emergency.

 

Exhibitors must follow all PCA rules, regulations, and policies.

The PCA reserves the right to bar participation in organizational activities for violations of this policy.

 

Adapted, in part, from the guidelines of the Modern Language Association and American Library Association

Revised 15 June 2022.