Women of Vision Code of Conduct

Women of Vision (WOV) believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all participants free from discrimination for any reason including on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, and religion.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive event experience for everyone.

Speakers are asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Participants may – and do – exercise their option to leave the event or a conversation. Exhibitors must follow all provided rules, regulations, and policies.

Expected Behavior

• Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.

• Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.

• Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Your fellow participants may have a different level of comfort with respect to language and personal space.

• Alert event staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of WOV and related events. Some WOV venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments including as related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, age, or disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors, or exhibitors.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the event staff may take any action they deem appropriate, at their sole discretion, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund.

What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify event staff or call (650) 687-7727 as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.

The WOV team will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Scope

We expect all WOV participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct at all event venues and related social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. WOV participants seek to learn, network and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.

Please contact event staff if you believe you have been harassed or that a harassment problem exists. Anita Borg Institute’s staff will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and may consult with and engage other event staff, leaders, and legal counsel, as appropriate. Event security and/or local law enforcement may be involved, as appropriate, based on the specific circumstances. As requested, a follow-up report will be made to individuals who report being harassed.

License and Attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license and is based on works at Open Source Bridge and http://www.gdconf.com/codeofconduct.html