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VCPEIT Event Code of Conduct

We believe our community should be open for our industry. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, or religion. We are taking a stand against harassment and offensive behavior at our conference and anywhere.

This Code of Conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.

We invite all attendees, sponsors, speakers, and other participants to help us realize a safe and positive event experience for everyone.

Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from harassing, demeaning, or discriminatory behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert event organizers or venue staff if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
  • Wear your badge at all times while at the event or event venues.


Unacceptable Behavior

  • Unacceptable behaviors include: harassing, intimidating, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory, or demeaning conduct by any attendee of the event or related event activities. Many event venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
  • Harassment may include: offensive verbal or electronic comments 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, photography or recording; sustained disruption of sessions, talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and any unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behavior or language, using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct, profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious or ethnic slurs.
  • Wearing clothing that is not suitable for a professional work environment, that is provocative, inappropriate or otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Physical verbal, or written, abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person.
  • Possession of a weapon or any item that can be used as a weapon, which may be used to threaten or cause injury to others if used in a certain manner.
  • Any destruction or vandalizing of personal property or event site or materials.
  • Possessing any illegal substance, including but not limited to narcotics or other illegal drugs.
  • Smoking permitted only in specially designated areas.
  • Assembling for the purpose of, or resulting in, disturbing the peace, or committing any unlawful act or engaging in any offensive behavior.
  • Any other illegal activity not already covered above.
  • Failure to obey any of the rules or regulations of the event venues or instructions of the event staff.


Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

  • Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated by an attendee, guest, sponsor, speaker, organizer, or venue staff.
  • Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.
  • If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund, and if appropriate, involvement of local law enforcement.


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 an event organizer or event venue staff as soon as possible. You may request that your report remain completely confidential.
  • Event organizers will be available to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist participants to feel safe for the duration of the event.


Scope

  • We expect all event participants (staff, sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other guests) to abide by this Code of Conduct at all event venues and event-related social events.
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