WPCampus seeks to provide a friendly, safe conference environment in which all participants can engage in productive dialogue, sharing and learning with each other in an atmosphere of mutual respect. We are committed to providing a harassment-free environment for all, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices.
In order to promote such an environment, we require all participants (including speakers, attendees, volunteers and sponsors) to adhere to the following code of conduct. This code of conduct outlines our expectations for behavior at WPCampus conferences, what to do if you witness or are subject to unacceptable behavior, and how organizers will respond.
This code applies to all conference events, including social events organized by WPCampus.
- 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 conference organizers (see below for how to do so).
- WPCampus does not tolerate intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any participants in WPCampus conference events.
- 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 (including in presentation slides)
- sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise creating a sexualized environment
- deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
- harassing photography or recording
- sustained disruption of talks 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
Please locate a conference organizer or volunteer. If preferable, you can submit a report online, which allows for anonymity.
You can submit an anonymous report. This form includes fields for identifying information but they are not required.
We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.
You can make a personal report by:
- Submitting a conduct report online and including identifying info
- Call or message WPCampus staff: (334) 226-7872
- Contacting a conference organizer in person:
- Find us during the conference
- We will have a “headquarters” location during the day
- Find a volunteer, who can help you find us
- Volunteers can be identified by their nametag
- Find us during the conference
When taking a personal report, conference organizers will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.
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.
Consequences of unacceptable behavior
Those found to be engaging in unacceptable behavior will be asked to stop immediately, and are expected to comply. Depending on the severity of the behavior, and the need to protect participants’ safety, those who violate this policy may be expelled from the conference without refund.
Attribution and license
This Code of Conduct was inspired by several others, including: