Code of Conduct

The Audio Engineering Society is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Founded in the United States in 1948, the AES has grown to become an international membership-based organization that unites audio engineers, creative artists, scientists and students by promoting advances in audio and disseminating new knowledge and research.

In addition to encouraging collegiality and collaboration through membership, AES also hosts events and forums in the spirit of disseminating knowledge in a supportive, welcoming, and friendly environment. We pride ourselves on a long legacy of networking and sharing knowledge as well as mentoring and other educational endeavors. We uphold a self-imposed obligation to professionalism and commitment, relying on generally accepted standards of behavior and communication, sharing of knowledge and experience, and integrity by all AES members.

By becoming an AES member; attending or hosting an AES event; participating in official online forums of the AES; and/or volunteering, serving on a committee, or mentoring in an AES capacity, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

This Code of Conduct covers:

I. Guiding Principles
II. Harassment and Safety
III. Social Media
IV. Handling of Complaints

I. Guiding Principles:

A. AES members, participants, attendees, and individual supporters will:

  1. Embrace the Bylaws and its provisions.
  2. Seek to uphold the reputation of the Society.
  3. Encourage and support colleagues in their professional development.
  4. Act with integrity towards colleagues and fellow members.
  5. At all times behave in a respectful manner. Discrimination based on age, race, color, gender identity, sexual preference, religious belief or lack thereof, political persuasion, or national origin will not be tolerated.


B. AES members, participants, attendees, and individual supporters will not:

  1. Knowingly be party to the dissemination of false or misleading information.
  2. Misuse information supplied to them in the spirit of the cooperation described above.
  3. Engage in conduct that will bring the profession and/or AES into disrepute.
  4. Represent the AES in 3rd party collaborations without the consent of the AES Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Board of Governors.

II. Harassment and Safety:

AES is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, or gender.

A community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Accordingly, AES prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during our events and in our online spaces. This policy applies to members, faculty, exhibitors, staff, students, volunteers, and attendees. Anyone violating these rules may be expelled from the event or space, or have their membership revoked, at the discretion of AES.

Harassment of AES participants will not be tolerated in any form. Harassment includes: 

  • offensive verbal comments related to ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation;
  • deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording;
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • shouting down or threatening speakers;
  • sexual images in spaces associated with an event;
  • inappropriate physical contact; and
  • disrespectful attention (whether written, verbal, or non-verbal communication).

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact an AES staff member, AES officer, event organizer, or online group administrator(s). If at an AES event, AES staff or a member of the event organizing team will be happy to help participants contact convention center / hotel / venue security or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance, and want to make your experience as productive and stimulating as possible.

Additionally, AES will not tolerate insinuations that the submissions of underrepresented groups are given special consideration. Any accusations of cheating not supported by clear evidence could be grounds for libel, violation of a school’s honor and conduct codes (if applicable), and possible dismissal from the Society. Accusations of sexual impropriety and quid pro quo favors are very serious and can harm the reputation of innocent participants.

III. Social Media:

AES’s official social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube) offers members of AES and non-member visitors professional networking, access to resources and/or other engaging content, and the exchange of ideas and best practices. At no time should these platforms be used to house or distribute inappropriate content including (but not limited to) sales-oriented information; lewd, profane, or violent comments; personal attacks, including explicit or implicit discrimination; aggressive behavior; shaming; and/or spam. AES reserves the right to monitor participation in its social media activities and remove any comments deemed inappropriate based on the discretion of AES staff or administrators.

Administrators of social media communities that represent an AES Section or other official AES presence should conform to this Code of Conduct. 

IV. Handling of Complaints:

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