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The Respect Campaign Code of Conduct

PURPOSE

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 gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
We invite all sponsors, speakers, attendees, media, exhibitors and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive summit experience for everyone.

All determinations of appropriate or inappropriate behavior are in The Respect Campaign’s sole discretion and the decision(s) of The Respect Campaign’s representatives online will be final.

EXPECTED BEHAVIOR INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO:
  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior, materials and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert summit organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR & MATERIALS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  • Unacceptable behaviors & materials include: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning materials or conduct by any attendees of the summit and related summit activities. Many event venues both on and offline, are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons at these locations.
  • Harassment includes: offensive comments (verbal, written, or otherwise) related to 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 materials, photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other summits (whether verbal or otherwise); inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Wearing clothing that is not suitable for a professional work environment, that is provocative, or otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Physical, written, verbal or other abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates apprehension in a person, as determined by The Respect Campaign and its show management, in their sole discretion.
  • Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon, which may cause danger to others if used in a certain manner.
  • Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behavior or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious or ethnic slurs.
  • Possessing any open can, bottle or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverages, except in areas specifically designated for the consumption of alcohol. Please drink responsibly.
  • Possessing any illegal substance, including but not limited to narcotics, marijuana, or other illegal drugs. The Respect Campaign does not tolerate the use or abuse of illegal substances anywhere in the Venue.
  • Smoking – other than in designated areas.
  • Assembling for the purpose of, or resulting in, disturbing the peace, or committing any unlawful act or engaging in any offensive behavior.
  • Failure to obey any rules or regulations of the physical or online venue.
CONSEQUENCES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

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

WHAT TO DO IF YOU WITNESS OR ARE SUBJECTED TO UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subjected to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a summit organizer as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.

Summit staff will be available to help participants contact physical and/or online venue security and/or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the conference. You can report unacceptable behavior to any member of staff. Staff can be found at the physical venue or online via email.  See contacts below.

SCOPE

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

Kathie Melocco, Co-Founder, kathie@therespectcampaign.com
Belinda Kheir, Co-Founder, belinda@therespectcampaign.com

The above policies may be revised at any time by The Respect Campaign and are non-negotiable. This Code of Conduct is without prejudice to The Respect Campaign’s rights, all of which it expressly reserves.