CODE OF CONDUCT

You must be at least 18 years of age to attend the Silicon Valley Virtual Realty (“SVVR”) Conference and Expo.

SVVR believes that our virtual reality community is to be inclusive to the largest number of participants, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, and religion (or lack thereof).

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participants’ behavior at the SVVR Conference and Expo as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. We expect all conference participants (speakers, attendees, staff, and other guests) to abide by this code of conduct at all conference venues and related events. We invite all those who participate in the SVVR Conference and Expo’s activities to help us create safe and positive experiences for everyone.

Expected Behavior

First and foremost, treat everyone with respect. Participate while acknowledging that everyone deserves to be here, and every participant has the right to enjoy their experience at the SVVR Conference and Expo without fear of harassment, discrimination or condescension.

– Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
– Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
– Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
– Alert event organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress, or violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behaviors include, but are not limited to the following: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any participant of the SVVR Conference and Expo and related events. SVVR Conference and Expo venues are shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.

Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; inappropriate photography or

recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Physical, written, verbal or other abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, harassment, stalking, or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person, which in any way creates a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous, or creates apprehension in a person, as determined by SVVR and its event management, in their sole discretion.

Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon, which may cause danger to others if used in a certain manner.

Any boisterous, lewd, or offensive behavior or language, including by not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behavior or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures or racial, religious, gender, or ethnic slurs.

Possessing any illegal substance, including by not limited to narcotics, marijuana, or other illegal drugs. SVVR does not tolerate the use or abuse of illegal substances anywhere in the venue.
No smoking outside of designated areas.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated whether by other participants, media, speakers, or venue staff.

Anyone asked to stop engaging in unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the conference without warning or refund.

What to Do If You Witness or Are Subject to Unacceptable Behavior

Speak up! Harassment will not be tolerated in any form at the SVVR Conference and Expo and related events.
If you are subject to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify security staff and/or a event organizer as soon as possible. All reports will remain completely confidential.

The SVVR team will be available to help participants contact event security or local law enforcement, to provide escorts, or to otherwise assist those experiencing unacceptable behavior to feel safe for the duration of the conference. You can report unacceptable behavior to any member of the staff.

Please note that professional security personnel are onsite at all times and are available should they be needed.

 

This code of conduct is based on the one available at http://opensourcebridge.org/about/code-of-conduct/ and is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.