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Code of Conduct

Summary 

MacAD.UK is dedicated to a safe, inclusive, welcoming, and harassment-free conference experience for everyone.
All attendees, speakers, sponsors and staff at MacAD.UK are required to abide by the code of conduct.

Need Help?

Contact the organisers: hello@macad.uk
Our code of conduct can be found at: macad.uk/event/conduct 

Purpose

We wish MacAD.UK to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming to the largest number of contributors, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, socioeconomic status, race, age, or religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for all those who participate in our community, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.

We invite all those who participate in MacAD.UK to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Code of Conduct

All attendees, organisers, speakers, sponsors, and staff at MacAD.UK are required to abide by the code of conduct. Organisers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

MacAD.UK is dedicated to providing a safe, inclusive, welcoming, harassment-free conference experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, socioeconomic status, race, age, or religion (or lack thereof).

Expected Behaviour

The following behaviours are expected and requested of all community members:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.
  • Remember that community event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Unacceptable Behaviour

The following behaviours are considered harassment and are unacceptable within our community:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability
  • Inappropriate photography or recording
  • Inappropriate physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them in any way
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes sexualized comments or jokes, inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcome sexual advances
  • Intimidation, stalking, or following (online or in person)
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations

Harassment

We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Harassment includes:

  • verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, and religion (or lack thereof)
  • sexual images in public spaces
  • deliberate intimidation
  • stalking and following
  • harassing photography or recording
  • sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • inappropriate physical contact
  • unwelcome sexual attention

No weapons of any kind, drugs, or alcohol are allowed at MacAD.UK venues.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour from any community member, including sponsors and those with decision-making authority, will not be tolerated.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a community member engages in unacceptable behaviour, the community organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including a temporary ban or permanent expulsion from the event without warning and without refund. This will be at the discretion of the conference organisers and all decisions are final.

Reporting Guidelines

If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns, please notify a community organiser as soon as possible at hello@macad.uk 

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. 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.

Conference staff can be identified by their orange t-shirts.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact 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.

Scope

We expect all community participants (guests, sponsors, and contributors, paid or otherwise) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues, online and in-person, as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to community business.

This code of conduct and its related procedures also applies to unacceptable behaviour occurring outside the scope of community activities when such behaviour has the potential to adversely affect the safety and well-being of community members.

Contact Info

Contact the organisers at hello@macad.uk

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.