Anti-Harassment policy

Anti-Harassment policy

WYSE Travel Confederation condemns any form of harassment or inappropriate conduct, and undertakes to ensure that all staff and online conference participants are aware and abide by its policy and procedures for dealing with such instances.

All WYSE Travel Confederation events are open to everyone, and we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion. This code of conduct outlines our expectations for conference and event participant behaviour as well as the consequences for unacceptable behaviour.

We invite all sponsors, speakers, delegates, media, exhibitors, volunteers and other participants to help make WYSE Travel Confederation events a safe and positive experience for everyone.

We expect all participants to abide by this code of conduct.

All decisions about appropriate or inappropriate behaviour are at the sole discretion of WYSE Travel Confederation management.

Definition
Harassment is behaviour which is unwanted, uninvited and unacceptable to the recipient. Harassment is defined by the impact on the recipient, not the intention of the person displaying the behaviour.

Expected behaviour

  • Be considerate and respectful.
  • To dress professionally as appropriate for the online conference.
  • To abide by all online conference guidelines regarding your conduct, recognising that you represent yourself, your organisation and the industry.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Alert conference organisers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.

Unacceptable behaviour

  • Unacceptable behaviour includes: intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any participants at the online conference and related events.
  • Harassment includes: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, class, nationality, religion, political opinion, disability; inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides and social media); deliberate intimidation, stalking, pestering, spying; harassing recording; sustained disruption of talks; inappropriate and unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Harassment also includes unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct.
  • Coercion, including pressure for sexual favours.
  • Wearing clothing that is not suitable for a professional work environment, that is provocative, or otherwise potentially offensive.
  • Verbal and written harassment through jokes, racist remarks, offensive language, gossip and slander, threats, letters through any medium including social media, email or the business appointment system.
  • Possession of any item that can be used as a weapon and may cause danger to others.
  • Any boisterous, lewd or offensive behaviour or language, including but not limited to using sexually explicit or offensive language, materials or conduct, or any language, behaviour or content that contains profanity, obscene gestures, or racial, religious, gender, or ethnic slurs.

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

  • Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.
  • If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the conference organisers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the online conference without warning or refund. A participant who has been subject to action by WYSE Travel Confederation will be referred to the Management Board who will consider sanctions which may include banning the offending participant from future WYSE Travel Confederation events.

What to do if you witness or are a victim of harassment or unacceptable behaviour

  • If you are subjected to harassment or unacceptable behaviour or notice that someone else is being subjected to harassment or unacceptable behaviour, or have any other concerns during the event, please notify a member of the WYSE Travel Confederation events team or management as soon as possible. All reports will remain confidential unless required to be submitted as part of any legal action.
  • Anonymous reporting of an incident can be made via the WYSE Travel Confederation website here.
  • The WYSE Travel Confederation team will be available to help online conference participants experiencing unacceptable behaviour. You can report unacceptable behaviour to WYSE by emailing events@wysetc.org