ETC Code of Conduct | Fostering Inclusive Environments

ETC provides quality content-based community connectors for discovery, engagement, networking, and information, in the Education and HR Leadership professional sectors. As a group that is community orientated, we actively seek to create an environment where everyone is welcome and can feel a sense of belonging.

The following code of conduct reflects our commitment to create respectful, inclusive, and safe environments, both offline and online. Everyone who participates in an ETC event must comply with this code of conduct, including but not limited to, attendees, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors, employees, media, and volunteers.

In Summary

We do not tolerate harassment or bullying in any form. We expect all participants at our events will be respectful and professional in all interactions.

We take a zero-tolerance approach to any demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior or speech, in any form, including but not limited to, as it relates to ethnic and national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religious beliefs. Further, sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any venue, including talks, workshops, seminars and online media.

Organizers will take appropriate action regarding any participant found to violate this code, up to and including warning the offender, expulsion from the event without refund, and/or a ban from future events.

The Detailed Version

Participating at an event

We have zero tolerance for actions or behavior that impact an event participants’ safety and wellbeing, including, but not limited to:

  • Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, ethnic and national origin, race, religion
  • Sexual images or displays in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Stalking, following, and harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Lewd and unwelcome sexual attention
  • Facilitating or participating in any violence or criminal behavior
  • Promoting or publicizing any criminal or violent activity
  • Engaging in behavior or actions that are considered threatening
  • Participants asked to stop any of these behavior must comply immediately.

Exhibiting and sponsoring an event

In addition to the above, exhibitors and sponsors must also ensure their materials, content, employees, and any of their event staff act in a professional and responsible manner. In particular, sexualized images, activities, or other material will not be permitted. Event staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/ uniforms/ costumes or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Reporting an incident

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns as they relate to this code of conduct, please contact a member of the staff immediately. If onsite, any member of the organizing staff will be happy to help. You are also welcomed to report the incident via email to [email protected].

Event staff can help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. No retaliation will be taken or tolerated against anyone who makes a good faith report of bullying, discrimination, or harassment.

When reporting an incident, please share any details you can recall, such as names, dates, times, location, behavior, any statements made, to help with investigating the incident.

Every incident reported will be taken seriously and will be dealt with in the strictest confidence.