Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

ACRL NEC 2017 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.  Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, receptions, Twitter and other online media. (See note below on possible exceptions relating to program content.) Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, national origin, or religion (or lack thereof)

  • Sexual images in public spaces

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Harassing photography or recording

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Note on Sensitive Program Content

Some discussion related to sensitive issues may be appropriate given the topic of the conference. Discussion or images related to sex, discriminatory language, or similar is welcome if it meets all of the following criteria: (a) it is necessary to the topic of discussion and no alternative exists, (b) it is presented in a respectful manner, especially towards people of color, women, and LGBTQIA people, (c) attendees are warned in advance in the program and respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand. This exception specifically does not allow use of gratuitous sexual images as attention-getting devices or unnecessary examples.

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Speakers, presenters, and exhibitors are also subject to the code of conduct.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expelling the offender from the conference with no refund.

Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

Conference participants are expected to respect this policy at all event venues and event-related social activities.

Site specific information regarding reporting mechanisms is forthcoming and will be available on the website closer to the conference date.