Code of Conduct

Purpose

DevBreak20 is dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free and inclusive event for participants and attendees to share, learn and build friendships regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity,
physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, any other factor or lack thereof.
We take policy violations very seriously, they will not be tolerated and will be met with the appropriate response.

Extent

This policy extends all community participants (all attendees, contributors, paid or otherwise; sponsors; partners, volunteers,
event staff, and other guests).

It extends to all DevBreak spaces, online and in-person, including but not limited to: talks, workshops, devlabs, exhibition spaces, social media and other online platforms, parties, hallway conversations etc., as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to DevBreak business.

Policy

All participants of DevBreak20 must abide by the following policy:

1. Be kind and considerate. We want DevBreak20 to be an excellent experience for everyone: by choosing to participate you
acknowledge that everyone deserves to be at DevBreak20 and each of us has the right to enjoy our experience without fear
of harassment, discrimination, or condescension, whether blatant or through micro-aggressions, such as demeaning jokes or in any other form. Consider what you are saying and how it would feel if it were said to or about you.
Treat everyone with respect.

2. Harassment is not tolerated. Harassment includes, but is not limited to: verbal, written or visual language and communication that is deemed harmful, prejudicial or offensive, and can pertain to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, among other factors. In addition this policy will not tolerate sexual imagery in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; or unwelcome sexual attention. Participants notified to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

3. Do not drink excessive amounts of alcohol and/or engage in illegal drug use/possession.

DevBreak20 is an opportunity to celebrate - we want the celebrations to be fun!

Participants and attendees will be held directly responsible for the destruction of personal or public property; the violation of the safety or rights of others; the violation of any law; or the violation of any other DevBreak20 policy that occurs while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If any of the above occurs, the participant or attendee will be removed from the event immediately without refund. DevBreak20 reserves the right to notify the authorities if any participant or attendee violates this policy.

If you witness or are subject to
unacceptable behavior

Speak up if you see or hear something. Harassment is not tolerated and you are empowered to politely engage when you or others are disrespected. The person making you feel uncomfortable may not be aware of what they are doing, and politely bringing their behavior to their attention is encouraged. If a situation appears deliberate, serious, or if you feel at all uncomfortable we strongly encourage you to notify an event organizer.

If you are being harassed or feel uncomfortable, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the event staff immediately.

Our event staff are identified by special DevBreak badges/attire.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour

We will look into and review every allegation of violation of our Event Community Guidelines and Anti-Harassment Policy and will respond appropriately. Please note, we take all concerns raised seriously, we will use our discretion as to determining when and how to follow up on reported incidents. We may decline to take any further action and/or may direct the participant to other resources for resolution.

DevBreak20 reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from the DevBreak20 event at any time at its sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with this policy, and the terms and conditions herein. If a participant engages in harassing or uncomfortable behaviour, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning or expelling the offender from the event with no refund. DevBreak20 staff will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing discomfort or harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Addressing grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify one of the event organizers with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with our existing governing policies.

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