The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) is committed to upholding the highest standards for respectful, professional norms and behavior and to fostering an inclusive climate. Consequently, harassment and unprofessional behavior at MPSA events is considered to be a serious form of misconduct.

All participants at MPSA meetings or events are expected to abide by the MPSA Anti-Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy in all meeting venues, including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings by:

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

If harassment is observed or reported and there is a question of immediate physical danger, steps should be taken to ensure immediate safety of all attendees and staff, regardless of any complaint procedure that may follow.

Participants who believe they have experienced or witnessed harassment in violation of MPSA Anti-Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy or the MPSA Code of Conduct at Events, have two options:

  1. Consult with the MPSA Meeting Ombuds 
    The MPSA Meeting Ombuds can offer confidential guidance about what constitutes discrimination or harassment, can explain the options for reporting harassment to the MPSA, and can provide information regarding whether other avenues for pursuing such a complaint are available based on the nature of the complaint. The ombuds cannot provide legal advice but can offer support and guidance even if no further action is taken. Additional information about the role and responsibilities of the MPSA Meeting Ombuds can be found here. MPSA Meeting Ombuds will be on-site at the Palmer House Hilton for the duration of the conference to consult with meeting attendees. They welcome drop-in appointments or you can make an appointment in advance. The Ombuds can be reached via email at Learn more about MPSA Ombuds office hours during the conference, and schedule an appointment here.
  2. Make a Report to the MPSA
    Reports related to potential violations of the MPSA Anti-Harassment and Professional Conduct Policy, may be submitted confidentially and anonymously through our new third-party online reporting platform NAVEX Global’s EthicsPoint. Please visit or call (844) 715-9358 for additional information about the complaint process and to make a report.

As a general principle, the MPSA will make every effort to protect complainants from retaliation. If you would like to discuss your concerns regarding these or other policies during the conference, please contact conference staff.