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ASEM Policies

Code of Ethics

Fundamental Principles 

The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) requires its members to conduct themselves in an ethical manner by: 

  • Being honest and fair in serving the stakeholders in the Society including members, other organizations, clients, and the public 
  • Striving to increase the competence and prestige of the engineering management profession 
  • Using their knowledge and skill for the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare

Fundamental Canons 

Members of ASEM are required to observe the following canons: 

  1. Hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public 
  2. Undertake assignments in the profession of engineering management only when qualified by education or experience   
  3. Maintain professional competence, strive to advance the engineering management body of knowledge, and provide opportunities for the professional development of fellow educators and practitioners in the profession 
  4. Act in a professional manner towards colleagues, ASEM staff, customers and clients of ASEM, and the public 
  5. Give proper credit for the work of others and accept and give honest and fair professional criticism 
  6. Abide by the Constitution, By‐Laws, and policies of ASEM 
  7. Disclose to the ASEM Executive Committee any alleged violation by a member of this Code of Ethics in a prompt, complete, and truthful manner

The current version of the Code of Ethics of the American Society for Engineering Management can also be downloaded using the link below:

ASEM Code of Ethics 

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Statement

As an internationally leading professional society dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the engineering and technical management profession, diversity, equity and inclusion are integral to the mission of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM). In accordance with our mission, ASEM values and promotes social, cultural, and intellectual diversity of all participants and stakeholders in the engineering and technical management profession worldwide.

We strongly believe that diversity and inclusion strategies and initiatives contribute to an improved workforce and can serve as a catalyst for the development of innovative and equitable solutions for an increasingly complex and dynamic business environment.

ASEM is committed to creating and fostering inclusive environments in which all individuals are respected and recognized for their contributions and are supported regardless of characteristics such as age, belief system, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and any other visible or non-visible differences.

The current version of the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Statement of the American Society for Engineering Management can also be downloaded using the link below:

ASEM Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Statement 

ASEM Code of Conduct for Meetings

Statement on the Code of Conduct: It is the agreed policy of the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) that all participants at ASEM conferences, events and meetings shall be part of an environment that is free from all forms of harassment (including sexual harassment) and retaliation. ASEM meetings are focused on promoting the field of engineering management through positive engagement and discussions. ASEM is committed to providing a safe, productive and inclusive environment for meetings that is welcoming to all participants and staff members. All participants, including attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, staff members and others are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct. This document should be considered alongside the ASEM Code of Ethics.

Authorship: All authors who submit a presentation to ASEM conferences, events and meetings must have intentions of registering, attending and presenting at the meeting once the submission is accepted into the program.

Photography: Appropriate care should be exercised when taking photographs or videos and especially during technical sessions as they can be disruptive to presenters. In cases where a presenter has displayed a copyright on slides, permission for taking photographs or videos is required beforehand. ASEM reserves the right to take photographs and videos during meetings for informational and promotional purposes.

Expected Behavior:

      • Communicate openly with respect and consideration for others, valuing a diversity of views and opinions.
      • Behave in a manner that is considerate, respectful and collaborative with others.
      • Avoid personal attacks directed toward other meeting participants.
      • Alert meeting organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
      • Respect the rules and procedures of the meeting venue.
      • Contribute positively to discussions and exchanges held at meetings.
      • Unacceptable behavior:
      • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
      • Physical, written or verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, staff member, service provider or other meeting participant.
      • Disruption of presentations, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
      • Examples of unacceptable behavior include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, threatening or stalking any meeting participant.

Reporting an Incident:

      • Any individual covered by this Code of Conduct who believes that a violation has taken place should report the incident to the ASEM Operations Director at asem-hq@asem.org.
      • All complaints will be treated seriously and investigated promptly. Confidentiality will be honored to the extent permitted as long as the rights of others are not compromised.
      • When the investigation is complete, a summary of the findings and applicable actions will be communicated to the complainant and the accused.
      • ASEM will not tolerate any form of retaliation against individuals who file a complaint or assist in the investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation of this Code of Conduct and will be subject to disciplinary action.

ASEM Code of Conduct for Meetings 



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