The following policies govern the 2023 Association Executives Institute. They were developed in conjunction with federal/state/local laws, venue policies and NAR policies. Sources are listed for each policy, where possible.
General Meeting Policies
Unauthorized Solicitation and Distribution of Materials
Solicitation of business in sessions and meetings is entirely prohibited.
Distribution of flyers, pamphlets, notices and brochures in any session of the NAR event, without the prior written consent of NAR, is expressly prohibited.
The ideas and opinions offered at meetings/educational programs presented during this conference are solely those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the position, policy or opinion of the National Association of REALTORS®. The ideas and opinions presented in these education sessions and the products and services promoted by meeting sponsors associated with the conference should not be construed as a recommendation or endorsement of the ideas, opinions, products or services by the National Association of REALTORS®. In issues affecting legal, financial or accounting matters, members should also consult trained professionals to address their individual situations.
NAR reserves the right to remove any guest who is disruptive.
Presentation materials are copyrighted by the speakers, their companies or others from whom they have received permission to use. Written permission from the speaker is required before publishing.
Statement of Appropriate Event Conduct
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) is committed to providing a positive and rewarding experience for everyone associated with an NAR event. In addition to NAR members’ adherence to the NAR Member Code of Conduct, all attendees agree to abide by this Statement of Appropriate Event Conduct by virtue of their attendance at an NAR event.
All attendees (including without limitation NAR members, guests, speakers, exhibitors and vendors) are expected to conduct themselves professionally, to use good judgment and be respectful at all times while present at an NAR event. This includes an attendee’s conduct while physically present at an NAR event, as well an attendee’s conduct on any virtual platform associated an NAR event.
NAR does not tolerate any inappropriate behavior, including harassment or discrimination in any form. Examples of inappropriate behavior include, but are not limited to, harassing or defamatory verbal or written comments, display or use of graphic images or language, destruction of property, threats, intimidation, unwanted physical contact, unwanted sexual conduct whether physical or verbal or non-verbal, and any conduct, statements or images that denigrates or shows hostility toward an individual or group based on a protected characteristic.
Any attendee should immediately report any behavior they believe in good-faith violates this Statement of Appropriate Event Conduct to Lesley Muchow, NAR Deputy General Counsel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Donna Gland, Senior Vice President, Talent Development and Resources (email@example.com). Please include as much detail as possible, such as the date, time, location, and a description of the incident being reported. Any attendee who believes they are in immediate danger should report the incident directly to the police via 911.
NAR reserves the right to take any necessary and appropriate action against any attendee who violates this Statement of Appropriate Event Conduct, including, but not limited to, immediate removal from the event, prohibition from attendance at future NAR events, removal from a committee appointment, and expulsion from membership.
We value your attendance and thank you for your cooperation and commitment to ensuring a positive event experience for all.
The National Association of REALTORS® is committed to providing a safe, in-person event. We encourage attendees to take CDC recommendations and their individual circumstances into account when making a decision about masks. Any attendee that wishes to wear a mask is encouraged and supported in that decision. All attendees and exhibitors will be asked to agree to the COVID-19 liability waiver during the registration process. A copy of the waiver is below.
- Attendees may indicate their contact comfort level on their badge, and we ask that everyone respect each other’s contact comfort.
- If you have been exposed to COVID-19 within 14 days of AE Institute, do not attend the event.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
COVID-19 ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND LIABILITY WAIVER AND RELEASE OF CLAIMS
I desire to and willingly participate in the 2023 Association Executives Institute (Event) hosted by the National Association of REALTORS®, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation (“NAR”) at 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611. In consideration of being permitted to attend and participate in the Event, and in recognition of NAR’s reliance hereon, I agree to the terms and conditions set forth in this agreement (“Release”).
I am aware that the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization, and understand that my participation in the Event is a potentially dangerous activity and involves the risk of serious injury, disability, death, and/or economic loss. I am also aware of the highly contagious nature of bacterial and viral diseases, including COVID-19 and other infectious diseases (collectively, “Disease"), and of the risk that I may be exposed to or contract the Disease by attending the Event, which may result in serious illness, personal injury, disability, death, and/or economic loss. I acknowledge that these risks may result from or be compounded by the actions, omissions, or negligence of NAR. I understand that while NAR has implemented measures to reduce the risks associated with the Event and the spread of the Disease, NAR cannot guarantee that I will not be injured or become infected with the Disease as a result of my participation in the Event and that attending the Event may increase my risk of contracting the Disease.
ASSUMPTION OF RISK
NOTWITHSTANDING THE AFOREMENTIONED RISKS, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I AM VOLUNTARILY PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE DANGERS INVOLVED, AND THAT MY ATTENDANCE INCLUDES THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPOSURE TO AND ILLNESS FROM THE DISEASE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO COVID-19. I HEREBY KNOWINGLY AND FREELY AGREE TO ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL RISKS OF INJURY, ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, HARM AND LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH OR ARISING FROM MY ATTENDACE AT THE EVENT, WHETHER CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE OR CONDUCT OF NAR OR ANY RELEASEE HEREUNDER.
RELEASE AND WAIVER
I HEREBY EXPRESSLY WAIVE AND RELEASE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, AND DEMANDS OF WHATEVER KIND OR NATURE NOW KNOWN OR HEREAFTER KNOWN, AGAINST NAR, AND ITS OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND AFFILIATES (COLLECTIVELY, "RELEASEES"), EITHER IN LAW OR EQUITY, AND THAT THIS RELEASE IS INTENDED TO BE AS BROAD AND INCLUSIVE TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY LAW, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES OR LOSSES CAUSED BY THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT OR CONDUCT OF ANY KIND ON THE PART OF THE RELEASEES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO ILLNESS, DISABILITY, DEATH, ECONOMIC LOSS OR OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES OR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF OR ATTRIBUTABLE TO MY PARTICIPATION IN AND ATTENDANCE AT THE EVENT, WHETHER CAUSED BY OR ARISING OUT OF THE NEGLIGENCE, FAULT OR CONDUCT OF ANY KIND OF NAR OR ANY RELEASEES. I COVENANT NOT TO MAKE OR BRING ANY CLAIM I, MY HEIRS, ASSIGNEES, NEXT OF KIN AND/OR LEGALLY APPOINTED OR DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE, MAY HAVE OR WHICH MAY HEREINAFTER ACCRUE ON MY BEHALF AGAINST NAR OR ANY RELEASEE, AND FOREVER RELEASE AND DISCHARGE NAR AND ALL RELEASEES FROM LIABILITY UNDER SUCH CLAIMS.
MEDICAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT AND RELEASE
I confirm and agree that: a) I will not attend the Event if I am experiencing symptoms of the Disease (including but not limited to a cough, shortness of breath, fever or any other symptom association with COVID-19), have a confirmed or suspected case of the Disease, or have knowledge that in the 14 days prior to the Event that I have come into contact with a person who has been confirmed to have or suspected of having the Disease; b) I am required to and will comply with all federal, state, and local laws, orders, directives, and guidelines related to the Event and the Disease while participating in the Event, including, but not limited to, hand sanitation, practicing social distancing, and wearing a face covering over both my mouth and nose at all times; c) I will follow all instructions, recommendations, and cautions of NAR at all times during the Event; d) I will participate in and cooperate with contact tracing efforts by state and local governments and by NAR; e) I will immediately cease participation in the Event if at any time during the Event I believe I am no longer in proper physical condition to participate in the Event; and f) if during the Event, or within fourteen days after participating in the Event, I begin experiencing symptoms of the Disease or test positive for the Disease, I will immediately discontinue further participation in the Event and immediately notify NAR’s General Counsel, Katie Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I HEREBY CONSENT TO RECEIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT DEEMED NECESSARY IF I AM INJURED OR REQUIRE MEDICAL ATTENTION DURING MY PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT. I UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT I AM SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL COSTS RELATED TO SUCH MEDICAL TREATMENT AND ANY RELATED MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION AND/OR EVACUATION. I HEREBY RELEASE, FOREVER DISCHARGE, AND HOLD HARMLESS NAR AND THE RELEASEES FROM ANY CLAIM BASED ON SUCH TREATMENT OR OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES RENDERED IN CONNECTION WITH MY PARTICIPATION IN THE EVENT.
I agree to indemnify and hold harmless NAR and all other Releasees against any and all claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages, liabilities, and expenses of whatever kind, including attorney fees, brought as a result of my participation in the Event and to enforce any indemnification right under this Release, and to reimburse NAR and all Releasees for any such expenses incurred.
This Release constitutes the sole and entire agreement of NAR and me with respect to the subject matter contained herein and supersedes all prior and contemporaneous understandings, agreements, representations, and warranties, both written and oral, with respect to such subject matter. If any term or provision of this Release is invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, such invalidity, illegality, or unenforceability will not affect any other term or provision of this Release or invalidate or render unenforceable such term or provision in any other jurisdiction. This Release is binding on and shall inure to the benefit of NAR and the Releasees and me. All matters arising out of or relating to this Release will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois without giving effect to any choice or conflict of law provision or rule. Any claim or cause of action arising under this Release may be brought only in the federal and state courts located in Cook County, Illinois and I hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of such courts.
BY ATTENDING AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT, YOU ARE DEEMED TO HAVE GIVEN A FULL RELEASE OF LIABILITY TO THE RELEASED PARTIES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. BY SIGNING, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD ALL OF THE TERMS OF THIS RELEASE AND THAT I AM VOLUNTARILY GIVING UP SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL RIGHTS, INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO SUE THE COMPANY.