Event code of conduct

Introduction

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our physical or online events are required to agree with the following code of conduct throughout. We expect cooperation from all participants to create a safe environment for everybody.

Summary

Be respectful of other people, respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered, and if you can’t resolve an issue, contact the organisers.

If you are being a problem, we will act, including if necessary asking you to leave the event.

Our events are expected to be a safe, enjoyable experience for everyone. We do not tolerate disrespect or harassment of participants in any form.

Code of conduct

We value respect above opinions.

All participants are expected to behave respectfully. This includes:

  • Being considerate, kind, constructive, and helpful.
  • Avoiding demeaning, discriminatory, harassing, hateful, or physically threatening behaviour, speech, and imagery.
    For example: offensive messages related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, as well display of sexual images , deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants are subject to our anti-harassment and bullying policy.

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for our events and related electronic or physical media. A sexualised environment, as may be created by sexualised images, activities, clothing or other materials is also not permitted.

If you’re not sure, ask someone instead of assuming.

Peacefull resolution

We believe discussions, feedback and corrections can help build a stronger, safer, and more welcoming community.

If you see someone behaving disrespectfully, you are encouraged to respectfully discourage them from such behaviour. Expect that others in the community wish to help keep the community respectful and welcome your input in doing so.

If you experience disrespectful behaviour and feel in any way unable to respond or resolve it respectfully (for any reason), please immediately bring it to the attention of an organiser. We want to hear from you about anything that you feel is disrespectful, threatening, or just icky in any way. We will listen and work to resolve the matter.

Apologising for mistakes

Should you catch yourself behaving disrespectfully, or be confronted as such, own up to your words and actions, and apologise accordingly. No one is perfect, and even well-intentioned people make mistakes. What matters is how you handle them, and avoid repeating them in the future.

Participants asked to stop any disrespectful behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Dealing with disrespectful behaviour

If a participant engages in disrespectful behaviour, the event organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including:

  • warning the offender
  • expulsion from the event with no refund.
  • contacting venue security, or police about the offender
  • taking action under our anti-harassment and bullying policy.

Organisers will be happy to help assist participants experiencing disrespectful behaviour, for example by contacting venue security, or police or provide escorts to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conferences, meet-ups, socials and any other events on or offline arranged by or in association with the charity.

Date Adopted: March 2019