Code of Conduct 2018-11-01T23:17:24+00:00

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference and meetups are required to agree with the following code of conduct.

Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to ensure a safe environment for everybody.

Need Help?

At the conference, you’ll be able to find us easily – we’re the ones wearing the black polo shirts showing the SUGSA logo. At Meetups we usually identify the committee members. In addition, you can mail us any questions or feedback: info@sugsa.org.za

 

The Short Version

Our organisation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference and Meetup experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof).

We do not tolerate harassment of  participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, or other online media.

Participants and members violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from SUGSA without a refund (where applicable) at the discretion of the organisers.

 

The Slightly-Less-Short Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, 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, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour 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 sexualised clothing / uniforms / costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference or Meetup with no refund (where applicable).

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the conference staff immediately. SUGSA staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing the black polo shirts with SUGSA logo on at conferences. At Meetups they are usually pointed out.

SUGSA staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel / venue security, or local police, accompany, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance and we value you having a world-class, completely enjoyable experience.

We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and Meetup venues, workshop venues and all related social events.

 

Code of conduct derived from Conference Code of Conduct