Code of Conduct

CPOSC is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our Code of Conduct is as follows:

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants – regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion – in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion; 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.

Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers 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 the CPOSC 2020 avatar and “CPOSC Staff” as their bio. You can report the offending user directly in the virtual conference platform and you will be contacted right away by a CPOSC staff member to help handle the situation from there and assist you in feeling safe for the rest of the conference however we can. We value your attendance.

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

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.

If you encounter a violation of this code of conduct during the conference, please email details to support@cposc.org.