Code of Conduct
ACCE 2018 is dedicated to providing a supportive, safe and harassment-free environment for all conference attendees regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.
All attendees, speakers, exhibitors and volunteers at ACCE 2018 are required to adhere to the following code of conduct. The conference organisers will enforce this code throughout the conference. This includes conference-related social events at offsite locations, and in related online communities and social media. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for all.
Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.
ACCE 2018 expects participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, when sharing information about the organisation or participants via public communication channels, ACCE 2018 expects participants to share responsibly and clearly distinguish individual opinion from fact. All conference participants should behave in accordance with professional standards, with their respective employer’s policies governing appropriate workplace behaviour, and applicable laws.
To ensure everyone can focus on the conference itself, and the great networking and community richness that happens when we get together in person, ACCE 2018 will not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form – in person or online.
Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion and technology choices. Sexual language and imagery is also not appropriate, including sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, unwanted photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Exhibitors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors 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.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
If a participant is found to have engaged in harassing behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or immediate expulsion from the conference with no refund. The conference organisers may also consider banning the offender from participating at future ACCE conferences.
Conferences organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the conference or making the environment hostile for any participants.