We provide specific instructions to participants, with the goal
of preventing harassment in the first place through education.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
• Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination
related to gender, gender identity, and expression, sexual orientation,
disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, etc.
• Sexual images in public spaces
• Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
• Harassing photography or recording
• Sustained disruption of talks or other events
• Inappropriate physical contact
• Unwelcome sexual attention
• Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected
to comply immediately. Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.
In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities,
or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes or otherwise create a
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain
the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment
for all participants.
This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making
the environment hostile for any participants.
(We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and
event-related social activities. We think people should follow
these rules outside event activities too!)
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe
or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible.
(Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts/special badges/headsets.)
Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.
You can make an anonymous report that DOES NOT require an email address to submit. We can't follow up on an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.
You can make a personal report by:
Calling or messaging this phone number
[----------]. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
Contacting a staff member, identified by STAFF badges, buttons, or shirts. When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe
and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to
ensure your report is managed properly.
Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.
Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.