Research Conference Code of Conduct & Dress Code

NOTE:  Violation of these policies may result in removal from the LANS.

Code of Conduct

The Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) is the culminating event of the Summer Research-Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) and serves as the national networking and professional development event for all members of the Leadership Alliance.

The following guidelines are a part of the contract between you, the participant, and the Leadership Alliance National Symposium before, during, and after the event. Registered participants agree to abide by these guidelines when accepting the invitation to attend the LANS.

Personal Conduct

As a registered participant of the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, it is automatically understood that you agree to:

  • Wear your conference badge at ALL times.
  • Behave in a courteous and respectful manner, refraining from language and actions that might bring discredit to you, the conference co-hosts, or your home institution or organization.
  • Avoid behavior not conducive to a professional conference such as, but not limited to, actions disrupting the business-like atmosphere, association with non-conference individuals, or activities that endanger yourself or others.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages (for those under 21 years of age) and controlled or illegal substances of any form.
  • Act as a responsible adult and guest of the hotel and conference meeting space. Conference participants must obey the following rules of the hotel and facilities at all times:
    • Noise should be kept at a reasonable volume, especially near the hotel guest rooms
    • Do not sit in the hallways adjacent to the hotel guest rooms
    • Disturbing other hotel guests in any way is not permitted


Throughout the conference, employ personal strategies for success and focus on strong professional conduct:

  • Turn off cellular phones and other electronic devices during all sessions and meals.
  • When introducing yourself, offer firm handshakes, say your name clearly, and avoid fidgeting.
  • Bring your business cards to all professional sessions and meals.

 During presentations, employ personal strategies for success and focus on strong professional conduct:

  • When attending a keynote address, panel discussion, or presentation, be prepared to stay the entire session or wait until the presenter has reached the Q & A portion of their presentation before leaving the room in a quiet and non-disruptive manner.
  • All presenters should prepare to stay for the duration of presentations as a professional courtesy. Arrive on time at the start of your group’s scheduled time.
  • Maintain direct eye contact when speaking with fellow students, faculty, and other conference participants.
  • Be mindful of your tone and volume when speaking and presenting your research.
  • Listen carefully when being spoken to or asked questions about your research to ensure thoughtful and complete responses.
  • When arriving late to an oral session enter quietly and sit/stand in the back of the room, as not to disrupt the presentation.
  • Complete and submit all surveys after each session using Guidebook.

 Dress Code

The conference dress code is Business Casual and the following clothing is NOT permitted during plenary sessions, workshops, oral presentations, poster presentations, or in the exhibit hall:

  • Tight or revealing clothing.
  • Clothing with printing that is suggestive, offensive, obscene, or promotes illegal substances.
  • Athletic clothing, including sweatpants and sweatshirts; jeans, sunglasses, caps/hats.
  • Sleepwear, including pajama bottoms.

Appropriate Attire:


  • Collared dress shirt, logo free
  • Business sports coat (optional) or sweater


  • Dress slacks or khakis
  • Hemlines of skirts/dresses should be conservative
  • Business suit or pantsuit (optional)

Footwear & Accessories:

Closed dress shoes and dress socks

Inappropriate Attire:

Make certain your attire doesn’t detract from the professionalism of your presentation.  

  • No denim clothing of any kind
  • No overalls, shorts, stretch pants, athletic wear, exercise or bike shorts
  • No backless, see-through, tight-fitting, spaghetti-strap, low-cut blouses/tops/ dresses, or tops not reaching the beltline. No skin should be visible at the mid-section.
  • No sunglasses
  • No T-shirts, lycra, spandex, midriff tops, tank tops, tube tops, bathing suits
  • No Athletic shoes, tennis shoes, industrial work shoes, hiking boots, sandals, flip-flops, over-the-knee boots, or bare feet
  • No hats/caps/bandanas
  • No visible undergarments

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