To set norms for the conference activities, the following code of conduct applies:
- All policies in the ACM Policy Against Harassment. Read the policy in full, but here’s the short version:
- Be respectful
- No harassment, discrimination, or abuse of any kind
- Be mindful of how others are being treated
- Alert the organizers if you see a problem
- Anyone prohibited from attending an ACM conference, as determined by the ACM violation’s database, will not be allowed on the Clowdr platform.
In addition, we expect all attendees to:
- Avoid comments that reinforce social structures of domination (such as those related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion).
- Respect people’s names and pronouns when addressing them.
- In all social interactions, before engaging,to introduce themselves. This helps us build our community; if we skip this step, it only supports existing relationships, rather than fostering new ones.
- Respect any communication channel’s purpose and scope before posting, helping to preserve the integrity of conversations.
- Not demand that someone enable their video. It is attendees’ choice whether to have their video on; there is also some evidence that audio-only conversations also reduce the cognitive load of processing social cues.
- Avoid virtual backgrounds with movement. These can trigger neurological issues in some attendees.
If you are made uncomfortable, or you see someone else being made uncomfortable, you may contact one of two designated facilitators via Clowdr’s messaging features, even if your concerns are outside the scope of the policies above:
- Kristin Stephens-Martinez (Assistant Professor of Practice, Duke)
- Ismaila Sanusi (PhD student, University of Eastern Finland)
They can help you confidentially decide whether to escalate to the chairs. You may also write the chairs directly in Clowdr.
If the concern does escalate to chairs, potential actions by the chairs include:
- The site chair writes a direct message to the individual violating the code, expressing the concern and requesting a remedy (e.g., cease harassment, fix metadata, change use of language, shift a conversation to a different channel).
- If the attendee resists changes in behavior, the site chair may restrict the attendee’s privileges on Clowdr.
- If restrictions are insufficient to regulate the attendees behavior, the site chair may revoke access to Clowdr.
This code of conduct is not exhaustive or final, it can be updated by the conference chairs at any time.