Code of Conduct

Purpose

At VASA we believe our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion. This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behaviour at Wire & Gas as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour. We invite all sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to help us realise a safe and positive conference experience for everyone.

Expected Behaviour

Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behaviour and speech. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organisers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviours include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees of Wire & Gas. Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated whether by other attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organisers, venue staff, sponsors, or exhibitors. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.

What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behaviour

If you are subject to unacceptable behaviour, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a conference organiser as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential. The VASA team will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behaviour to feel safe for the duration of the conference. You can report unacceptable behaviour to any member of staff. Staff can be found on site at the venue, or you may email one of the contacts below.

Scope

We expect all conference participants (sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

Contact Information

Haitham Razagui – events@vasa.org.au
Brett Meads – brettmeads@vasa.org.au

License and Attribution

This Code of Conduct is based on 2016.ull.ie, itself based on opensourcebridge.org, and is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.