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Our Code of Conduct

Why do we have a code of conduct?

We believe our online spaces, just like our physical spaces, should be free from harassment, bullying or hate. Our online spaces should be safe for all those using them, and everyone who participates in an online space has a responsibility to help us achieve this.

All attendees, speakers, hosts and volunteers at our online events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. We will enforce this code throughout the event and we expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.

We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form.


All attendees, speakers, sponsors, vendors, partners, SPE staff and volunteers at SPE Virtual Event and any related events are required to adhere to the following Code of Conduct. Event organisers will enforce this Code throughout the event entirety.


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

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any of our online events, including talks, workshops, socials, or other event types. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the event organisers.


Participants who display any harassing behaviour will be asked to leave the event immediately, or will be removed from the event by the event organiser.

If you witness or experience harassment, please notify the event organiser immediately so that steps can be taken to remove participants. 

 Code of Conduct

Expected behaviour:

  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.

  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.

  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.

  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. 

  • During this virtual event or any of its related events no participant should engage in harassment in any form.

  • Do not disrupt the virtual meeting (e.g., “zoom-bombing”) or engage in harm or threats of harm of any kind. 

  • Do not make audio or visual recordings of the Virtual Meeting in any medium—and do not distribute audio or visual recordings of the Virtual Meeting (via social media or any other means).  Only Warwick WHAM or its representatives may do so, after warning participants to give them an opportunity to opt out.

  • Do not take or distribute pictures of or copy research posters/presentation materials unless explicit permission is granted.

  • Participants violating these rules may be expelled from without a refund at the discretion of Warwick WHAM. 

  • Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

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