Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for HACA and related events

  • The organisers of HACA (and related events) provide a respectful, positive harassment-free experience for all people.
  • All participants (including attendees, speakers, sponsors, facilitators, and volunteers) at HACA events are required to agree to the following code of conduct.
  • The code of conduct applies to all event types including talks, workshops, webinars, podcasts and social events, online or in-person. It also extends to exchanges on social media, slack and other online platforms. For instance, posts tagged with the identifier of the conference (#HACA2023), replies to such posts, and replies to the official social media account (e.g. @HACA_Conf on Twitter).
  • Organisers reserve the right to withdraw conference attendance from anyone who does not adhere to this code of conduct.

Expected Behaviour

All Participants agree to:
  • Be considerate in language and actions and respect the boundaries of fellow participants.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and language. Please refer to Unacceptable Behaviour for more details.
  • Alert a member of the HACA team ( if you notice someone in distress, or observe violations of this code of conduct, even if they seem inconsequential.

Unexpected Behaviour

Behaviour that is unacceptable includes, but is not limited to:

  • Stalking.
  • Deliberate intimidation.
  • Unwanted photography or recording.
  • Sustained or wilful disruption of talks or other events.
  • Use of sexual or discriminatory imagery, comments, or jokes.
  • Offensive comments related to age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, race or religion.

If you are asked to stop harassing behaviour you should stop immediately, even if your behaviour was meant to be friendly or a joke, it was clearly not taken that way and for the comfort of all conference attendees you should stop.

Attendees who behave in a manner deemed inappropriate are subject to actions listed under Procedure for Code of Conduct Violations.

Additional Requirements for Conference Contributions

Presentation slides and posters should not contain offensive or sexualised material. If this material is impossible to avoid given the topic (for example text mining of material from hate sites) the existence of this material should be noted in the abstract and, in the case of oral contributions, at the start of the talk or session.

Procedure for Code of Conduct Violations

Event organisers reserve the right to determine the appropriate response for all code of conduct violations. Potential responses include:

  • A formal warning to stop harassing behaviour.
  • Expulsion from the event.
  • Cancellation or early termination of talks or other contributions to the programme.

What to do if you Witness or are Subject to Unacceptable Behaviour.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact a member of the HACA team ( 

We will take all good-faith reports of harassment from participants seriously. This may also include harassment outside our virtual spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. We reserve the right to exclude people from events and/or HACA based on their past behaviour.

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Event Management Team, Great Hall, Aston Webb Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT


Check out the code of conduct here