Mercatus Events Policy

As a university-based research center, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University seeks to bridge the gap between academic research and pressing public policy questions. In furtherance of this mission, we host dozens of events each year to share research, encourage discussion and debate, and promote a marketplace of ideas. Some of these are invitation only and others are public.

Our public events are open to all interested members of the public who register in advance, in accordance with the policies of a particular event. Due to capacity or other constraints, the number of available seats may be limited, and in extreme cases, registration may be closed before the published deadline. Members of the media are invited to attend our public events, and they are subject to the same RSVP policies as other attendees.

Event Conduct Policy

Mercatus expects event attendees to conduct themselves appropriately, showing respect for others. Mercatus is committed to providing an event environment that is free of harassment, disruption, and retaliation. Mercatus will not tolerate any form of action that violates this policy or the law.

Because harassment comes in many different forms, there is much confusion about what it is or is not. The distinguishing feature of harassment is that it is unwelcome conduct, be it verbal, nonverbal, or physical. Such conduct may be considered harassment if it continues after an individual asks a person to stop or in some other way clearly shows that the behavior is unwelcome.

As a result, in each situation, it depends on what a particular individual finds offensive. Everyone must be aware of their behavioral boundaries and always be careful to act appropriately. We expect participants to follow the rules of conduct and model respectful behavior to others at all event venues and event-related social activities.

All event attendees are subject to this conduct policy. Any attendee asked to stop any harassing behavior is expected to comply immediately. If an attendee engages in harassment, disruption, retaliation, or interference with the functioning of a Mercatus Center event, event organizers and staff retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants, including warning the offender, immediate expulsion of the offender from the events, and/or prohibition from attending future events. Event organizers and staff may also take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it immediately to a Mercatus staff member. Our staff will ensure your safety and privacy when you make this report. Other Mercatus staff may be involved to ensure your report is managed properly.  Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event.

If you wish to follow up on your report by email after the event, please direct the email to Jennifer Zambone, the Chief Operating Officer at Mercatus, [email protected].