Conference Code of Conduct

The ACRC and its organizers and hosts are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form, and aim to provide immediate support for any colleagues who may experience any type of harassment during the Conference. Conference participants violating these rules will be expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organisers and will not be eligible for a refund.

Reporting

  • If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible by sending an email to conduct@southsouthnorth.org. Alternatively, you could file an official report at the Conference Help Desk.
  • You can make a report either personally or anonymously. We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.
  • Reporting will be treated with discretion. Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Definitions

What is discrimination?

Discrimination occurs when a person, or a group of people, is treated less favourably than another person or group because of their background or certain personal characteristics. People can experience discrimination of the basis of their: 

  • race, including colour, national or ethnic origin or immigrant status 
  • sex, pregnancy or marital status and breastfeeding 
  • age 
  • disability, or 
  • sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status

What is harassment?

Harrassment is when a person is treated less favourably on the basis of particular protected attributes such as a person’s sex, race, disability or age. Treating a person less favourably can include harassing or bullying a person. Harassment can include behaviour such as: 

  • telling insulting jokes about particular racial groups 
  • sending explicit or sexually suggestive emails or text messages
  • displaying racially offensive or pornographic posters or screen savers 
  • making derogatory comments or taunts about a person’s disability, or 
  • asking intrusive questions about someone’s personal life, including his or her sex life.

What is bullying?

Bullying behaviour can range from obvious verbal or physical assault to subtle psychological abuse. It can include: 

  • physical or verbal abuse 
  • yelling, screaming or offensive language 
  • excluding or isolating participants 
  • psychological harassment 
  • intimidation