Participation Guidelines

The League of American Orchestras is committed to recognizing and celebrating the diversity of experiences, talents, skills, cultures, and opinions that its members bring to the League community. We invite you to participate in the League Conference and meetings in a spirit of open-mindedness, curiosity, and respect. We want every League event to be a safe, inclusive, and productive environment for all participants.

At a League event, you agree to:

  • Be inclusive, actively seeking and inviting diverse perspectives.

  • Participate in an authentic and active way, being direct but respectful and professional.

  • Be considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful in your language and actions.

  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and language.

  • Respect confidentiality requests by speaker and other attendees.

The following actions and speech, whether physical, verbal, written or visual, are not welcome at a League event and are grounds to refuse admission or require removal from the event:

  • Invasion of privacy, intimidation, or threatening behavior or language against another person.

  • Racist, homophobic, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory or derogatory behavior, language, or jokes about or directed at any individual, group, or class of people.

  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate physical contact, and inappropriate sexual advances.

  • Sustained disruption of community conversations, talks, and presentations.

  • Threatening or taking actions adverse to Members’ interests

  • Advocating for, or enabling, any of the above actions, behavior, language, or speech.

Resolve peacefully

We believe peer-to-peer discussions, feedback, and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more inclusive community. While we assume good intentions, if you see someone behaving inappropriately, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behavior. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the League community respectful, and welcome your input in doing so.

Apologize for mistakes

Should you catch yourself behaving inappropriately, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologize accordingly. No one is perfect, and even the most well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them and that you avoid repeating them in the future.

Contact us to report an incident

If you experience disrespectful or other prohibited behavior and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please promptly bring it to the attention of League staff. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or uncomfortable in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.

Consequences

Proposed attendees who do not meet these requirements in the League’s sole judgment will be denied admission.  Participants who are asked to stop any unacceptable or harassing actions, behavior, or speech as described above are expected to comply immediately. The League will seek to resolve conflicts peacefully and in a manner that is positive for the community. If, however, in the League’s sole judgment the best thing to do is to ask such an individual to leave the event without warning or refund, we reserve the right to do so.

Thanks

Thank you to every League community member for helping to make the League events the inclusive and respectful community that it is.