Code of Conduct 2018-03-28T14:04:23+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 are expecting cooperation from all participants to help ensuring a safe environment for everybody.

tl;dr: kindness is magic,

be excellent to each other!

Need Help?

At the conference you’ll be able to find us, we’re the ones wearing the black polo shirts with the SUGSA logo on. At meetups we usually identify the committee members. If you don’t feel that you can, or would rather not approach us, you can mail us at info@sugsa.org.za

The Quick 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 and 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 Less Quick 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 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 sexualised clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, 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 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, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

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

Code of conduct derived from Conference Code of Conduct