Anti-Harassment Policy

The American Academy of Family Physicians is committed to providing our members, staff, and partners with an environment that is free from all forms of harassment, intimidation, hostility, or other offensive treatment. Accordingly, all members, exhibitors, vendors, customers, consultants, attendees, visitors, staff, and other representatives of the AAFP are expected to treat each other with respect and professionalism and to act within the boundaries of generally accepted social behaviors.

Harassment may take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to, verbal or written communications, physical contact, photographs, jokes, body language and gestures, and intimidation. It may be intentional or unintentional, but is unwelcome, unwanted, and harmful to the recipient and/or others.

Such inappropriate actions or comments based on age, race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, gender (including sexual orientation and gender identification), national origin, military/veteran status, marital/partner status, parental status, or any other classification covered by state, federal and/or local laws are considered a violation of this policy and will not be tolerated.

This policy applies to all AAFP-related functions, whether held at the AAFP offices or off-site, including meetings, conventions, CME courses, networking and social events, travel to and from AAFP events, or any other function where the AAFP is represented.

Anyone who believes that he or she has observed or experienced conduct in violation of this policy should report the conduct immediately to an AAFP staff member. The AAFP will take every such report seriously, will promptly investigate it, and will take appropriate corrective action as needed while protecting confidentiality to the extent feasible. Upon request and to the extent appropriate, the complainant and any other affected party will be advised of the disposition of such a report. (January 2019 Board Chair)