Engineering Conferences International Code of Conduct

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for  participants at all our conferences. ECI conferences are international working conferences intended for  professional networking and collaboration within the open source community. These conferences exist  to encourage the open exchange of ideas and expression and require an environment that recognizes  the inherent worth of every person and group. While at ECI conferences or related ancillary or social  events, any participants, including speakers, participants, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, staff and  anyone else, should not engage in harassment in any form. 

The Code of Conduct , the details of which are elucidated in the subsequent paragraphs,  may be revised at any time by ECI and the terms are non-negotiable. Your registration for or any  attendance at any ECI event indicates your agreement to abide by its policy and its terms. 

Expected Behavior – All conference participants are expected to behave in accordance with professional  standards, with both the Code of Conduct as well as their respective employer’s policies appropriate  workplace behavior and applicable laws. 

Unacceptable Behavior – Harassment will not be tolerated in any form, whether in person or virtually, including but not limited to harassment based on gender, gender identity and expression, sexual  orientation, disability, physical experience, body size, race, age, religion or any other status protected by  laws in which the conference or program is being held and/or in the United States. Harassment includes  the use of abusive, offensive or degrading language, intimidation, stalking, harassing photography or  recording, inappropriate physical contact, sexual imagery and unwelcome sexual advances or requests  for sexual favors. Any report of harassment at one of our events whether in person or virtual, will be  addressed immediately. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply  immediately. Anyone who witnesses or is subjected to unacceptable behavior should notify a  conference organizer at once. 

Speakers should not use sexual language, images, or any language or images that would constitute  harassment as defined above in their talks. 

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior – If a participant engages in harassing behavior, whether in  person or virtually, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate depending on  the circumstances, ranging from issuance of a warning to the offending individual to expulsion from the  conference with no refund. ECI reserves the right to exclude any participant found to be engaging in  harassing behavior from participating in any further ECI conference or activity. If necessary, the  appropriate authorities will be notified of any unacceptable behaviors. 

What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior – If you are being harassed, notice  that someone is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact a  member of the conference staff immediately. You are also encouraged to contact Barbara Hickernell,  ECI Executive Director, at

Incident Response – If a participant engages in harassing behavior, whether in person or virtually, the  conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, ranging from issuance of a warning  to the offending individual to expulsion from the conference with no refund, depending on the  circumstances. 

Conference staff will also provide support to victims, including but not limited to: 

  • Providing an Escort 
  • Contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement 
  • Brief key conference organizers 
  • And otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to ensure that they feel safe for the  duration of the conference. 

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