CODE OF CONDUCT

IBM and Index – San Francisco, hereinafter referred to as the Event Organizers, are dedicated to providing a safe, respectful, comfortable, and harassment-free environment for all event participants. Index – San Francisco will be free of discrimination or harassment based on any protected characteristic, including race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age, political affiliation, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran.

Event Organizers expect that all participants, including delegates/attendees, speakers, exhibitors, organizers, volunteers, and guests, will conform to the following Code of Conduct.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR

Index – San Francisco is committed to the free expression of ideas in a respectful and professional manner. Participants will not engage in unacceptable behavior which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal, physical or visual conduct toward another participant or participants which is motivated by that individual’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age, political affiliation, or status as a special disabled veteran or other veteran that is unsolicited and unwelcome and creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
  • Sexualized language or images in public spaces, including presentations and exhibitor materials.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events.
  • Physical, verbal, or written, abuse, intimidation, threats, annoyance, harassment, stalking, pushing, shoving 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 event management, in their sole discretion.
  • Any destruction or vandalizing of personal property or event site or materials.
  • Any lewd or offensive behavior or language, using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct, profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious or ethnic slurs.
  • Possessing any illegal substance or item. Index – San Francisco does not tolerate the use or abuse of illegal substances or items anywhere in the event venues.
  • Assembling for the purpose of, or resulting in, disturbing the peace, or committing any unlawful act or engaging in any offensive behavior.
  • Any other illegal activity.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.

ENFORCEMENT

If a participant engages in harassing behavior or any other unacceptable behavior, event organizers may take any actions they deem necessary to keep the event a safe and comfortable environment for all other participants. This includes expelling the offender from the conference with no warning or refund. If you, as a participant, are asked to stop any inappropriate behavior, you must comply immediately.

By participating in this event, you agree to adhere to this Code of Conduct. If you violate it, you may be expelled from the event without refund at the discretion of the event organizers and the event organizers may take such other action as it deems appropriate.

REPORTING

If someone engaged in harassing or otherwise unacceptable behavior and it causes you or anyone else to feel unsafe or uncomfortable during this event, please report the circumstances as soon as possible, so that effective, appropriate action can be taken.

You can make a personal report by:

  • Emailing the organizing team at indexconf@omnienceevents.com. This email account will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
  • Calling this phone number: 770-359-6596. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
  • Speaking with a staff member, identified by staff shirts.

Please note that local emergency and support services are also available to you:

Moscone Venue Security: 415-974-4021

Index – San Francisco may revise this Code of Conduct at any time. This Code of Conduct is without prejudice to Index – San Francisco’s rights, all of which it expressly reserves.