NOLA ILC Forum Code of Conduct

Short version:

The New Orleans Information Literacy Forum is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone. Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: https://nolailc.org/code-of-conduct/

Medium version:

The New Orleans Information Literacy Forum is dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive, and comfortable space for all participants, and we will work to make it a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of Forum participants in any form. Forum participants violating these rules may be expelled from the Forum at the discretion of the nolaILC Executive Board. 

Our anti-harassment policy can be found at: https://nolailc.org/code-of-conduct/

Long version:

The New Orleans Information Literacy Forum is dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive, and comfortable space for all participants, and we will work to make it a harassment-free environment. We do not tolerate harassment of Forum participants in any form. 

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, or religion.
  • Discriminatory or offensive images in public spaces
  • Intimidation, stalking, or following 
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Forum attendees violating these rules may be expelled from the Forum at the discretion of the nolaILC Executive Board.

Participants may discuss sensitive, discriminatory, offensive, or triggering topics in sessions if they are the subject of the session itself (e.g., a session focusing on the silencing of trans history in institutional archives, or a session about workplace microaggressions experienced by people of color), but these subjects should be clear to participants prior to the start of the session.

Recording/Social Media Policy

We see the Forum as a place to share information, not only with other participants, but also with those who may not be able to attend. Sessions are, by default, considered open and can be written about on social media and photographed. If you do not want your picture taken, your words to be recorded, or for either photographs or words to be attributed to you, please let other session participants know that. As a courtesy, please always ask prior to creating sound or video recordings of any sessions. Please be thoughtful and respectful with your photographs, recording, and sharing.

Each session can decide to adopt different rules at the beginning of the session (e.g., completely private, or no attribution without asking first) as long as it informs all participants who join the session.

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, the nolaILC Executive Board retains the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the Forum.

The nolaILC Executive Board may take actions to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

Reporting

If at any point during the Forum you feel uncomfortable or harassed, or if you witness any violations of these policies, please reach out to anyone who introduces themselves at the start of the day as a member of the nolaILC Executive Board.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. 

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here.

We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Emailing board@nolailc.org. This email address will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
  • Contacting a board member, identified by BOARD stickers on their physical name tags or on their online usernames.

When taking a personal report, our board will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other board members to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the Forum. We value your attendance.

Acknowledgements

Ideas and text modeled on Conference Code of Conduct.com and Geek Feminism Wiki and on the Codes of Conduct of Django Software FoundationOpenStack, Islandora, and Southeast Data Librarian Symposium.

The NOLA ILC Forum Code of Conduct is released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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The New Orleans Information Literacy Forum is dedicated to providing a welcoming, supportive, and comfortable space for all participants, and we will work to make it a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, or religion.