The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), like the private sector, is committed to ensuring our activities offer a respectful and inclusive environment free from unacceptable behavior.

Please review OSAC’s Code of Conduct guidelines for our virtual 35th OSAC Annual Briefing, which aims to ensure all participants feel welcome and able to report concerns. It is the expectation of the Department of State and the OSAC Council that every participant will respect and abide by this Code of Conduct.

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Global Code of Conduct

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) is a Federal Advisory Committee and operates under the auspices of the United States Department of State. Since its inception, OSAC has been a conduit for the exchange of information between the public and private sectors on how to mitigate security issues abroad. Each year, OSAC hosts a multitude of activities, to include in-person meetings and networking receptions, as well as virtual gatherings and electronic communications exchanges.

The U.S. Department of State, like the private sector, is committed to ensuring all OSAC participants are treated with dignity and respect and will not tolerate any form of discrimination, sexual harassment, or other unprofessional conduct.  Trust, respect, professionalism, and ethical conduct are keys to our success.

OSAC is committed to providing a positive experience for all participants engaged in OSAC activities, where they feel safe and welcome regardless of: Race; Color; Gender; National Origin; Religion; Physical or Mental Disability; Sexual Orientation; or Age.

This Code of Conduct applies to all OSAC members, event attendees, speakers, and other participants (defined collectively as Participants) at the virtual 35th OSAC Annual Briefing.

It is the expectation of the Department of State and the OSAC Council that every participant will respect and abide by this Code of Conduct. We all have a responsibility to ensure our events and individual actions are professional and inclusive.

If OSAC determines that an allegation of unacceptable behavior is credible, it will take prompt and appropriate action.

Expected Behavior

OSAC expects that Participants will:

  • Recognize that the OSAC offers a place for diversity of thought, organization, and individuals;
  • Be inclusive of others;
  • Be respectful to others;
  • Be alert and report any discriminatory, harassing, aggressive, or exclusionary behavior immediately to the contacts set forth below; and
  • Respect and obey the rules or policies of the communications platform.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to:

  • Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that constitutes sexual harassment or discriminatory harassment;
  • Intimidating, threatening, abusive, derogatory, or demeaning conduct or commentary regardless of format or venue;
  • Inappropriate language or physical contact, including unwelcome sexual advances, sexual pranks or jokes, and verbal abuse of a sexual nature;
  • Physical stalking or written, verbal, or other abuse, including cyberbullying;
  • Displays of nudity and/or sexual images or language in activities, including presentations, or on screen visible to other participants; or
  • Failing to respect and obey the specific rules or policies of the communications platform.

OSAC is committed to providing an environment that is free from discriminatory behavior and sexual harassment.  Harassment comes in many forms, including words or actions that are unprofessional, painful, and demeaning. It unnecessarily has a negative impact on OSAC members and the esprit de corps of OSAC activities.

In addition to the unacceptable behavior listed above, OSAC Participants should not:

  • Conduct sales, marketing, or business development activity at any OSAC or OSAC affiliated event or activity;
  • Incorporate, repurpose, sell, or utilize any OSAC developed or provided information, data, or communications for any ancillary business purposes in providing their services, support or consultation to clients or potential clients; and
  • Utilize their relationships with or participation in OSAC in any sales, marketing, or business development activity.

Whether all such behaviors as defined in this section constitute unacceptable behavior shall be determined by OSAC at its sole discretion. OSAC takes matters of such unacceptable behavior seriously, regardless of form.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Any participant requested to stop is expected to comply immediately.

During any OSAC activity, OSAC may take any action deemed necessary and appropriate to include removal of the participant for any unacceptable behavior described above.

Anyone involved in unacceptable behavior may be subject to actions beyond expulsion from an OSAC activity or platform. Depending on the severity of the unacceptable behavior, further consequences may include termination of OSAC user access and/or denial to participate in future OSAC activities in accordance with this policy or procedure.

OSAC will immediately refer any activity that could be criminal to law enforcement.

Reporting Concerns

If you are or have been the recipient of unacceptable behavior as defined above, have witnessed any such unacceptable behavior, or have additional concerns, please immediately make a report to OSAC.

You may telephone OSAC Executive Director Jason Kight at (571) 345-2214 or report an incident directly via email at KightJR@state.gov. If you would prefer to make a report to a female staff member, please contact Team Lead Kit Bartels at (571) 242-0587 or via email to BartelsKV2@state.gov.

Requests for confidentiality will be honored to the extent permitted by law and U.S. Department of State policy.

Any participant experiencing or witnessing behavior that at any time in their judgment constitutes a crime or serious threat to the public is advised, if in the United States, to contact 911 immediately. If overseas, please contact the local police, who can coordinate any follow-up action with the Regional Security Officer.