ACES: The Society for Editing is committed to providing the best environment for learning, teaching, networking, and professional development in all forums, including but not limited to: in-person, virtual, digital, and social media platforms. ACES is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all participants and staff. 

All participants, including but not limited to members, attendees, speakers, sponsors, affiliates, volunteers, exhibitors, staff, nonmembers, guests, and service providers, are expected to abide by the ACES Code of Conduct. This code applies to all ACES meeting-related events, including virtual meetings and those sponsored by organizations other than ACES but held in conjunction with ACES events, in public or private facilities.

ACES events must be free of harassment in any and all forms. Participants are welcomed and included regardless of sex, gender identity, expression, orientation, physical or mental ability, appearance, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or professional status.

Treat others with respect, inclusivity, and consideration, recognizing that ACES is an organization that supports diversity in all expressions — in thought, organization, and individual. Communicate openly with respect for others, avoiding personal attacks. While each person’s boundaries of good taste, humor, and personal space will differ, be alert to someone’s reaction indicating that they may feel uncomfortable — as you would want them to do for you. 

Attendees of ACES in-person events must wear their event badge at all times. ACES expects all attendees to make their  professional identity visible at all times for both safety and accountability. Be mindful of your surroundings and others. Respect the rules and policies of the event forum, whether online or in-person.

Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form will not be tolerated. Intentional uninvited physical contact is prohibited. Sexual harassment of any kind is unacceptable.

Physical or verbal abuse of any participant as noted above will not be tolerated. Examples of unacceptable behavior include but are not limited to: 

Disruption of sessions in the exhibit hall or at other events organized by ACES in all meeting forums, hotels, ACES contracted facilities, or other associated venue or site is not allowed. Questioning and debate are highly encouraged but active disruption of presentations is unacceptable.

Anyone requested to stop unacceptable behavior by an ACES staff member is expected to comply immediately. ACES will not tolerate such behavior and reserves the right to take any action it deems necessary and appropriate in its sole discretion, including expulsion from the event without warning or refund, exclusion from future events, revocation of membership, and any other appropriate consequences deemed necessary.

If you are the subject of unacceptable behavior or have witnessed any such behavior, please contact the ACES executive director in person, if applicable, or via email at

Any ACES Member may file a complaint against another ACES Member or Members, including ACES Board Members or Officers, for alleged violations of the ACES Code of Conduct, by filing a written complaint containing information essential for a review and/or investigation including the date and location of the alleged violation, all parties involved, a summary of relevant facts, and any relevant documentation ("Complaint"). 

ACES reserves the right to modify or revise this policy at any time with or without notice.