Code of Conduct
Code of Conduct
The Anita Borg Institute (“AnitaB.org”) believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all attendees, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, organizers, venue staff, media, exhibitors, vendors and other guests (collectively, “Participants”) of the Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration Conference (“vGHC”) 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 Participants to help us realize a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.
All Participants are expected to: be considerate, respectful, and collaborative; refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior or 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; and alert vGHC staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct; offensive written and/or verbal comments including as related to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, age, or religion; 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 contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Some vGHC virtual venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons.
Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior by Participants will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately. If a Participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the vGHC staff may take any action they deem appropriate, at their sole discretion, up to and including expulsion from vGHC 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 concerns that this Code of Conduct is not being followed, notify a vGHC staff person as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential. vGHC staff will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, and will be available to help Participants experiencing unacceptable behavior feel safe for the duration of the conference. As requested, a follow-up report will be made to individuals who report being harassed.
We expect all Participants to abide by this Code of Conduct at all vGHC venues and vGHC-related social events. Participants seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise. Thank you for your cooperation in helping us maintain a friendly, safe, and welcoming conference environment.