All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at BeeScala 2016 conference are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event; your cooperation will help ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all participants.
TL;DR: Don’t be a jerk!
BeeScala is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), age, disability, or physical appearance. We will not tolerate harassment of our conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks and workshops. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned, or even expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.
What constitutes harassment?
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race, color, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), age, disability, or physical appearance. Other forms of unacceptable behavior include sexual imagery in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, involuntary photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy; in particular, sponsors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff, including volunteers, should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
What happens if the code is violated?
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate. These may include warning the offender, expulsion from the conference with no refund, or even involving the police where appropriate.
What should I do if I’ve been subjected to harassment?
A designated team of BeeScala 2016 staff members are tasked with enforcing these rules, and can be identified by an externally visible marker (to be announced at the beginning of the conference). If you have been subjected to harassment, have witnessed harassing behavior, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the team immediately.
The conference staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escort, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.