Code of Conduct

In a Nutshell

BSidesChicago is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We encourage all participants to make each other feel welcome and included in activities throughout the conference. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Details

BSidesChicago is 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. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • 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
    • Clothing
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Questioning appropriate use of facilities by queer or non-conforming individuals
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviors

Enforcement

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

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous or Personal Report

You can make an anonymous or personal report by emailing us directly at kat@bsideschicago.org

We will follow up an anonymous report and we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence. Please provide your contact information if you would like us to follow up with you.

When taking a personal report, our volunteers will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event volunteers or the conference organizers 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 local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you in feeling safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.