TechFest 2019

Code of Conduct

Introduction

Monash University already has several policies involving Safer Communities as well as Anti-Sexual Harassment. We expect that all Monash staff, students and representatives from external companies and clubs attending TechFest to follow the rules as well as following the Code of Conduct as stated below.

Failure to follow instructions may result in the person being reported to Monash Security, in addition referred to the Safer Community Unit at Monash University.

Purpose

TechFest is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks.

Participants or anyone interacting with the events during TechFast violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organisers. As well as reported to the Safer Community Unit at Monash University.

Anti harassment

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal or written comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate 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

Enforcement

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

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from any event and banned from entering other events during the rest of the festival

Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues, event-related social activities as well as social media.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Wired Committee members will be available at most events. Harassment and other Code of Conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place. You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff 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 monash security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Important Numbers

  • Monash security: 9902 7777
  • Emergencies on campus: 9905 3333
  • Clayton Police Station: (03) 9543 3888
  • Emergency Number: 000

Photography

We will have photographers at some events, please tell the photographer if you don't want your photo taken.

All photos taken may be posted onto Wired Monash's social media page such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Only Wired committee members can access these photos.