The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) is committed to providing a safe, harassment-free, hospitable and productive meeting environment for everyone attending our events, programs and meetings, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion or belief. This policy refers to anyone present at any MPSA programs, meetings or other sponsored events, including staff, contractors, vendors, exhibitors, venue staff, MPSA members and all other participants.

All participants at MPSA meetings, events or programs are expected to abide by the MPSA Anti-Harassment Policy in all meeting venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.  Compliance with this policy includes the following:

  • Abiding by the norms of professional respect that are necessary to promote the conditions for free academic interchange
  • Agreement to alert relevant MPSA staff or security personnel if a situation arises where someone might be in imminent danger

All in-person or virtual participants of an MSPA event, program or meeting, must agree to abide by the MPSA Anti-Harassment Policy and avoid the following behaviors:

  • Threats or actions that cause or threaten personal harm
  • Threats or actions that cause or threaten professional harm, punishment or retaliation
  • Intimidating, harassing, abusive, derogatory or demeaning speech or actions
  • Prejudicial actions or comments that coerce others, foment broad hostility or otherwise undermine professional equity or the principles of free academic exchange
  • Unwelcome solicitation of emotional or physical intimacy
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained, unprofessional disruption of talks or other events
  • Other intentionally disruptive behavior

Participants also understand that the above list is not exhaustive and MPSA, in its sole discretion, may hold me accountable for other behaviors in violation of this Policy.

Disclosure of Previous Violations

As a term of attendance, all attendees must disclose any previous actions that may have been violative of this Policy and about which a complaint was made. During registration for any event, program or meeting, you will be asked to please list any instances of professional conduct violations in the preceding three (3) years.


During registration for any event, you will be asked to acknowledge and agree that you have had an opportunity to review the MPSA Anti-Harassment Policy referenced herein and this Policy. You will be asked to further agree that MPSA, in its sole discretion and in addition to other penalties, may remove you from the event and bar your future attendance at other MPSA events, programs or meetings for violation of this Policy. You will be asked to agree that the Disclosure referenced above is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge.