Code of Conduct
Similar to in-person events, online events are governed by the same code of conduct. It may be tempting to hide behind the anonymity of virtual platforms. We expect our community to behave in the same manner it would at our in-person events, and to respect the code of conduct outlined below. Online harassment will not be tolerated; we will take swift action to remove you from our virtual platforms and events should you act in a way that contravenes the spirit of our code.
Any organizer of CloudOps events conducts themselves with kindness, respect, openness and a sense of community at all conferences we run, and attend. Attendees, speakers, sponsors, partners, and volunteers are subject to and agree to the Code of Conduct below when attending our events:
- We communicate in a manner appropriate to a professional audience coming from diverse backgrounds.
- We are sensitive to the needs of others around us, use good judgement, and treat others with respect.
- We refrain from intentional harassment of others.
- We comply immediately with direct requests to stop a behaviour that is considered harassment, or deemed unwelcome. Specifically, we do not initiate or engage in the following:
- Offensive verbal comments or jokes related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, language, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
- Presentation of sexual images that may be triggering or offensive to specific members of the community.
- Intimidation, stalking, and unwanted following.
- Unwanted photography or recording of a specific individual.
- Sustained disruption to proceedings.
- Inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact.
- Public shaming.
- Unwelcome sexual attention.
- Assuming the pronoun of any individual we meet for the first time, nor will we introduce any individual as a particular pronoun unless their preferred pronoun is clear.
When we observe an instance of harassment, we contact a member of the conference organizing team immediately.
The organizing team reserves the right to maintain the anonymity of the victim in all instances, and by participating in our events, we agree not to challenge this and understand that the well-being of the victim will be the priority to the organizing team.
If I am asked to leave by the conference organizers due to a violation of the above points, I will do so immediately, quietly, and without drawing attention to the situation.
Understanding the Code
What is harassment?
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, public shaming, and unwelcome sexual attention. Harassment also includes public shaming, both as provocation and as retaliation.
Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you, we also ask that you not assume the prefered pronoun of those around you as we are proud to welcome a diverse and inclusive group of attendees to our events. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are also not appropriate for events.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference team immediately.
Organizing committee: email@example.com, and or Julia Simon: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference staff will do what is necessary to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
Reporting a Code of Conduct violation
Please report the incident to a member of the organizing team. All reports are confidential.
When reporting an event, please try to collect as much information as possible, the team member can help you with this. Information may include things like:
- Identifying information (name/company) of the participant doing the harassing.
- The behaviour that was in violation.
- The approximate time of the behavior (if different than the time the report was made).
- The circumstances surrounding the incident.
- Other people involved in the incident.
If you ever feel that your safety is ever threatened, please never hesitate to contact 911. If you do not have a cell phone, a staff member can assist you.