Conference Code of Conduct

All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference 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 help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter and other online media. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, 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 conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

What action will be taken

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organiser immediately in person for immediate action. All volunteers will be wearing clearly marked Levels volunteer t-shirts. Alternatively, after the incident you can contact the divops team at any time through the following channels…

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the organisers will take any action they deem appropriate, including verbal warning, suspension or expulsion from the community and event venue.

Privacy and dignity of the incident reporter and person being harassed is our primary focus. We will act in support of the victim and not force any action that is not agreed upon by them.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

If it has been deemed that you acted inappropriately

  • Listen to the complaint with an open mind
  • Don't be dismissive of the complainant
  • Understand any advice given on how to act in the future
  • Comply with the directions of the Levels Conf organisers
  • We strive to make our Conference a positive and safe space for all. Failure to comply with the above code of conduct may result in expulsion from all our conferences. This expulsion will not result in any refunds for tickets purchased.
We expect participants to follow these rules at conference and workshop venues and conference-related social events.