Conference code of conduct
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree to the following code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
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The Quick Version
Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity or religion (or lack thereof). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
The Less Quick Version
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Harassment comes in several forms. All of the following are harassment, but this is not a complete list.
- Staring at someone for a prolonged period of time. If you find yourself staring at someone, immediately make an effort to look somewhere else.
- Touching someone without their permission.
- Asking to touch someone’s hair.
- Asking “but where are you really from?” after someone says where they are from.
- Saying something disparaging to someone, particularly about a trait like sexuality, gender, religion, ethnicity, physical ability, etc.
- “Outing” anyone (telling individuals or groups that someone is LGBT without their explicit permission, whether in person or online). Don’t assume everyone knows, or that the person is ok with this being easily searchable information, even if they are open about it in person.
- Not respecting people’s pronouns. If someone asks to be called ‘he’, ‘she’, ‘they’, or equivalents in any language, do your best to do so.
- If you cannot, consider avoiding talking to/about the person. This includes when you refer to someone’s past: do not say things like “when she was a he”.
- Pressuring someone to eat or drink something, such as alcohol or meat.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact any other member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing red bands on their wrists.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at the conference venue and conference-related social events.