Corporate Member Code of Conduct

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

Our conference is 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). We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sponsors should ensure they act fairly in their dealings with all other members and should respect the confidentiality of any ideas presented on a confidential basis at a live or virtual event. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.


Expected Behavior

The following behaviors are expected and requested of all Event Participants:

  • Behaving in a courteous and professional manner
  • Treating all participants with respect, dignity, and consideration, in the spirit of valuing a diversity of views and opinions
  • Being considerate, respectful, and collaborative in your communication and actions
  • Discussing differences and critiquing ideas in a non-confrontational manner with due regard for the viewpoints of others
  • Refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech
  • Reporting suspected inappropriate behaviors directed at yourself or others
  • Respecting the rules, policies, and property of HEUG and its contracted Event facilities and vendors
  • Complying with all applicable laws and regulations


Prohibited Behavior

Violations of this Code include but are not limited to the following:

  • Harassment, which is defined for purposes of this Code to include unwelcome or offensive verbal, visual, or physical contact directed at any Participant, including conduct, comments, or images that a person would reasonably find offensive, demeaning, or hostile
  • Sexual harassment, which is defined for purposes of this Code to include unwelcome, unsolicited, and unreciprocated sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct or gesture of a sexual nature that has or that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to offend, humiliate, or intimidate another person
  • Exhibiting behavior that is unruly or disruptive, or that endangers the health or safety of yourself or others
  • Discriminatory conduct based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital status, veteran status, political affinity, or any other characteristic protected by law
  • Deliberate intimidation, threatening, stalking, or following
  • Sustained disruption of portions of the Event
  • Invasion of privacy
  • Actual or threatened pushing, shoving, or use of any physical force whatsoever against any person
  • Possession of a weapon, or use of any item in a way that may cause danger to others
  • Destruction, theft, dismantlement, defacement, abuse, or intentional misuse of HEUG or HEUG-contracted venues, property, equipment, signage, or supplies
  • Failure to comply with directions of HEUG staff or venue personnel regarding Event operations or emergency response procedures
  • Retaliation against participants for reporting activity that he or she reasonably believed to be in violation of this Code
  • Knowingly and falsely reporting violations of this Code in bad faith
  • Accessing restricted or ticketed areas without a proper ticket, pass and/or credential; misusing tickets, passes and/or credentials; presenting a false identification; or permitting another person to falsely present the Participant’s identification as his or her own.