Code of Conduct

Our conference seeks to provide a friendly, safe environment for all participants. We strive to provide 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.

This code applies to everyone (including speakers, attendees, sponsors and volunteers) and all interaction (whether online or in-person).

Those violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Expected behavior

    • Treat other participants with respect.
    • Critical dialogue is useful but should be constructive and collaborative.
    • Be aware of what is happening around you, and if you see anyone in distress, or witness unacceptable behavior, please contact the organizers.

Unacceptable behavior

  • The Web Accessibility Summit does not tolerate intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any participants.
  • Examples of unacceptable behavior include:
    • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof) or technology choices
    • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images, activities, or other sexual material
    • Sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise creating a sexualized environment
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks, meetings, or other events
    • Inappropriate physical contact
    • Unwelcome sexual attention
    • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior
  • To clarify, critical examination of beliefs and viewpoints does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Similarly, use of sexual imagery or language in the context of a professional discussion might not constitute hostile conduct or harassment.

What to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer immediately — you may locate an organizer on the conference floor, report to registration/information desk, or email info@webaccessibilitysummit.org.

Attribution and license

This Code of Conduct was inspired by several others, including: