Meeting Musts: Codes of Conduct

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Creating a strong Code Of Conduct is another step conferences must take to further cement their committment to inclusive spaces for everyone in attendance. Setting clear expectations for all participants, including penalties for those that don't abide by the guidelines, makes it somewhat easier to deal with problems as they arise.

We've compiled a sampling of several Codes Of Conduct from a variety of organizations and highlighted key phrases in each. Read through these to get an idea of what makes sense for your own events, and use the resources at the end to create your own. 


iassist: The International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology 

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, especially given the international aspect of this organization.
— IASSIST/International Association for Social Science Information Services & Technology
Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
— Design Content Conference
Linux Foundation events are working conferences intended for professional networking and collaboration in the Linux community. They exist to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group.
— Linux Foundation
Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Remember that harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for Heroku events.

Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.
— Heroku
Open, critically-engaged, and often challenging discourse is expected to flourish at ADHO conferences. Participants are encouraged to respect and celebrate cultural and linguistic differences, and to be mindful of the international nature of our community in preparing presentations and engaging in conversation.
— Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
Speakers are responsible for the content of their presentations, but USENIX requests that speakers be cognizant of potentially offensive actions, language, or imagery, and that they consider whether it is necessary to convey their message. If they do decide to include it, USENIX asks that they warn the audience, at the beginning of the talk, and provide them with the opportunity to leave the room to avoid seeing or hearing the material.
— Usenix
Within the context of ALA policy and the professional practices of librarianship, critical examination of beliefs and viewpoints does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Similarly, use of sexual imagery or language in the context of a professional discussion might not constitute hostile conduct or harassment.
— American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, 2014
Unacceptable behavior & materials include, but are not limited to:
...Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon, which may cause danger to others if used in a certain manner.
— Black Hat