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Important Considerations

Instructor Conduct

SPIE Course Instructors are expected to maintain a high standard of professionalism and to not discriminate or make discriminatory remarks based on gender, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, socioeconomic status, and/or sexual orientation. It is SPIE's policy that all course attendees can expect an atmosphere that is free from harassment of any kind.

SPIE Anti-Harassment Policy

SPIE Code of Conduct


Promoting specific companies or products within SPIE courses is strictly forbidden. The courses are intended to be fully non-commercial in nature. Our official policy states:

No SPIE short course or workshop shall contain materials or verbal references that will have the effect of unfairly influencing the decision of an attendee to purchase a specific product.

It is permissible to mention either as part of the course in a manner that does not promote a particular company or product over others.

For technical content that is typically utilized via a proprietary product, such as lens design software, focus on the principles involved rather than explaining "how to use x product to accomplish y task."


SPIE requires that all course instructors disclose proprietary interest in any product, instrument, device, service or material discussed during the learning event. If you have such a proprietary interest, complete and return the Disclosure Form included with your instructor agreement.

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