Conduct Policy

As a professional society, the American Statistical Association (ASA) is committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. Consistent with this commitment, it is the policy of the ASA that all participants in ASA activities will enjoy a welcoming environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. All participants in ASA activities also agree to comply with all rules and conditions of the activities, which are subject to change without notice. This policy applies to all participants in ASA activities, including but not limited to event attendees, statisticians, students, guests, staff, contractors, exhibitors, and participants in scientific sessions, tours, and other social events of any ASA meeting or other activity.

All individuals must behave responsibly in ASA activities in which they participate. Threatening physical or verbal actions and disorderly or disruptive conduct will not be tolerated. Harassment, including verbal comments relating to gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other protected status, or sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, unauthorized or inappropriate photography or recording, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention, will not be tolerated. All individuals participating in ASA activities must comply with these standards of behavior.

Violations should be reported to the organizer of the activity. In the ASA’s sole discretion, unacceptable behavior may result in removal or denial of access to meeting facilities or activities and other penalties, without refund of any applicable registration fees or costs. In addition, violations may be reported to the individual’s employer. Repeat offenders may be banned from future ASA activities.

Ombuds Service at the JSM

Ombuds Service at the JSM

The ASA is committed to providing a fair, equitable, and respectful environment for all attendees at JSM. As part of that commitment, ASA has retained a firm of experienced professionals, ProActive ReSolutions, to provide independent, confidential ombuds services during the Conference.

Why would I call the ProActive Ombuds?
A ProActive Ombuds will be available to provide advice and consultation to attendees regarding any concerns relating to fairness, equity, or respect that may arise during the Conference.

What will the ProActive Ombuds do if I call?

  • Listen impartially and act as a sounding board for concerns;
  • Provide general resource information and make appropriate referrals;
  • Facilitate exploration of options and ways of moving forward;
  • Coach individuals to have constructive communications; and
  • Give sound and practical advice to empower individuals to self-advocate.

What about confidentiality?
The ProActive Ombuds will keep all information you provide confidential unless the ProActive Ombuds assesses and finds an imminent risk to safety. Over the days of the Conference, the ProActive Ombuds will identify any trends and patterns arising from consultations and inquiries received; following the Conference, ProActive will report to the ASA on those trends and patterns in a completely anonymized manner.

How can I contact the ProActive Ombuds?
If you would like to consult with the ProActive Ombuds during the Conference, please email: and indicate whether you would prefer to have a telephone conversation or communicate through this dedicated and confidential email address. A ProActive Ombuds will respond to you as soon as possible and within 24 hours.

Who will be providing the ProActive Ombuds Services?
The following individuals will be providing the ProActive Ombuds Services for this Conference:

  • Richard Hart
  • Ashley Moore
  • Shirley Nakata

Key Dates

  • May 1, 2018 11:00 AM
    Registration and housing open
  • May 31, 2018
    Early registration deadline
  • June 1, 2018 12:01 AM - June 29, 2018 11:59 PM
    Regular registration (increased fees apply)
  • June 21, 2018
    Housing deadline
  • June 30, 2018 12:01 AM - August 2, 2018 11:59 PM
    Late Registration (increased fees apply)
  • July 28, 2018 - August 2, 2018
    2018 Joint Statistical Meetings
  • Program Participants
  • July 18, 2017 - September 7, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session proposals open
  • September 30, 2017
    Online submission of Continuing Education course proposals deadline
  • October 10, 2017 - October 30, 2017 11:59 PM
    Online submission of invited session abstracts open
  • November 30, 2017 12:01 AM - February 1, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online submission of abstracts (all except invited papers and panels)
  • January 11, 2018
    Online submission of topic-contributed session proposals deadline
  • January 15, 2018
    Online submission of Computer Technology Workshop (CTW) proposals deadline
  • January 23, 2018 - April 3, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online submission of JSM Meeting & Event Requests
  • January 25, 2018
    Deadline to request registration extension for government agencies
  • March 29, 2018 - April 18, 2018 11:59 PM
    Online abstract editing open
  • May 17, 2018
    Draft manuscript deadline