Code of Conduct

PLEASE NOTE: We’re in the process of rewriting our Code of Conduct, incorporating feedback from the community. If you’d like to contribute thoughts or ideas send us an email or reach out on Twitter.

Code of Conduct

The IA Foundation fosters events with an inclusive, cooperative environment where all academics, practitioners and interested non-practitioners are welcomed, open dialogue is encouraged, and all perspectives are appreciated.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. The conference co-chairs will enforce this code throughout each event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

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For immediate assistance while at an IAF event, please reach out directly to any event or IA Foundation staff member or volunteer.

All information will be kept confidential unless we determine that disclosure with appropriate third parties (including but not limited to law enforcement) is necessary. We will discuss your options with you before we take any step unless your security or that of other attendees is at risk.

The Quick Version

We are 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, religion (or lack thereof), or experience levels. 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, social events, Slack, Twitter, and other online media, except for talks and workshops that communicate in advance that such content will be discussed. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the IAF directors.

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, experience levels, sexual images in public spaces that are not consented, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Anyone asked to stop any harassing behaviour is expected to comply immediately. Please respect someone else’s “no” and “stop.”

Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, sponsors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the co-chairs and staff 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 while at an IAF event, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately. More information about how to contact the conference staff will be available on the Code of Conduct page for each IAF event.

Event staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all IAF-related events.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation!

Original source and credit: & The Ada Initiative