Code of Conduct

The Society aims to advance research in Experimental Psychology and in doing so fosters a supportive and inclusive community. The Society’s code of conduct sets out the principles of behaviour and scientific conduct that govern all members and their guests who participate in Society events or activities.

Behavioural Conduct

The Society aims to enable researchers from the breadth of the discipline to flourish through respectful, inclusive and equitable treatment of others.

All members and their guests who participate in Society events or activities are required to:

  • Act in a manner that maintains a positive reputation for the Society
  • Behave professionally and with integrity
  • Avoid exploitation and conflicts of interest (including self-interest)
  • Comply with all applicable legal requirements
  • Ensure that their activities do not risk the health, safety or welfare of any person
  • Treat everyone equally, with respect and fairness
  • Maintain personal and professional boundaries
  • Listen to others’ views and engage constructively with them
  • Be committed to helping each other and to be kind

Discrimination, harassment, bullying and behaviours that are patronising have no place at the Society and will not be tolerated. This applies to electronic forms of communication as well as personal interactions (physical, verbal and non-verbal).

Scientific Conduct

Conducting scientific research with integrity includes being honest, truthful, accurate and consistent in one’s actions, words, decisions, methods and outcomes. It requires setting self-interest to one side and being objective and open to challenge in one’s behaviour in a professional context.

The Society expects its members and their guests to value honesty, probity, accuracy, clarity and fairness in their interactions with all persons and peoples, and seek to promote integrity in all facets of their scientific and professional endeavours.

In applying these values, members and their guests should consider:

  • Honesty, openness and candour
  • Accurate unbiased representation
  • Addressing scientific misconduct


Harassment includes but is not limited to offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwanted photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Bullying includes, but is not limited to, coercive or overt behaviours towards another that are threatening, offensive, humiliating, intimidating, coercive, malicious or insulting that cause harm to, or negatively impacts upon, others.

Discrimination, harassment (in any form), and bullying create a hostile environment that reduces the quality, integrity, and pace of the advancement of our discipline by marginalising individuals and communities. It also damages productivity and career advancement, and prevents the healthy exchange of ideas.

Confidential Reporting

All allegations of breaches of the Society’s code of conduct can be reported in confidence to the President and Honorary Secretary (where the subject of the complaint is the President/Hon Sec, the report can be made in writing to any other member of the EPS Committee).

The President/Hon Sec (or where relevant, the Committee member) will use their discretion in determining how to follow up on reported incidents and may consult with other, relevant, senior members of EPS Committee.