Code of Conduct

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to fostering open expression. That said, the Wharton Web Conference draws participants from many different backgrounds, cultures and experiences; our individual expectations of what is appropriate may vary. And, while “be excellent to each other” is a good code to live by, having a conduct policy in place ensures that everyone is on the same page – no gray areas, no guessing, no one pushing boundaries to see what will happen. 

With that in mind, it is required and expected that all speakers, sponsors, attendees and volunteers at the conference agree to the following Code of Conduct, which organizers will enforce throughout the event. 

The Quick Version

Our conference is dedicated to providing a friendly, harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion/lack thereof. Be kind. Don’t insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally. Know that we will not tolerate harassment of anyone in any form. Note that sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for this venue. Be aware that any conference attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund.

The Less-Quick Version

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, and religion, as well as sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography/recording, sustained disruption of talks or other activities, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in such behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, such as issuing a warning or expelling the offender from the conference with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any related concerns, please alert a conference staff member right away. We value your attendance and will be happy to contact security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist anyone experiencing harassment with feeling safe for the duration of the event. 

The Bottom Line

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that all conference participants can freely and openly share ideas in a safe, friendly, and welcoming environment that encourages and inspires mutual respect and collaboration.

The Wharton Web Conference anti-harassment policy is based on examples and guidelines outlined in Geek Feminism wiki (created by the Ada Initiative, et al), and inspired in part by the new PyCon US Code of Conduct


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