Code of Conduct for ISMMS No Outsides, June 6-9, 2023

Modified from Concordia University’s Sustainable Event Guide, January 2023

The International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) No Outsides conference organizing team is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive event experience for everyone, inclusive of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disabilities, neurodiversity, physical appearance, body size, ethnicity, nationality, race, age, religion, or other protected category. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants or organizers in any form. The ISMMS No Outsides organizing team takes violations of our code of conduct seriously and will respond appropriately.

The event code of conduct is in line with Concordia University’s Code of Rights and Responsibilities (BD-3). For more information on Concordia’s code and related services visit Concordia’s Office of Rights & Responsibilities.

Expected behaviour

All participants of ISMMS No Outsides must abide by the following code of conduct:

  1. Participants should always exercise consideration and respect in their speech and actions.
  2. Participants should always attempt for collaboration before conflict.
  3. Participants should refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  4. Harassment and discrimination is not acceptable. This includes any verbal, physical, or visual conduct based on sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, transgender status, race, age, national origin, disability, religion. Inappropriate use of nudity and / or sexual images; deliberate intimidation, stalking or following; harassing, photography or recording; sustained disruption of sessions, talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact, and any unwelcome sexual attention.
  5. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
  6. Participants should always be mindful of their surroundings and of their fellow participants.
  7. Participants will uphold the principles of academic integrity and intellectual property.
  8. This code of conduct extends to talks, panels, conferences, exhibitions, workshops, and all interaction between participants before, during, and after the event in its entirety. It applies to all attendees, partners, sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and event staff.

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately. The ISMMS No Outsides organizing team reserves the right to refuse admittance to, or remove any person from, the event at any time in its sole discretion. This includes, but is not limited to, attendees behaving in a disorderly manner or failing to comply with this code of conduct, and the terms and conditions herein.

If a participant engages in unacceptable behaviour, the Event Organizer may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event without warning or refund and if appropriate involvement of local law enforcement.

Breaches of the rules provided for in this code of conduct can also result in disqualification from participating in future events.

How to report Unacceptable Behaviour or Suspicious Person/Behaviour

If you wish to report a violation of this code of conduct while the event is underway, please bring it to the attention of Vivek Venkatesh ([email protected]) or Kathryn Urbaniak ([email protected]). If we deem it an urgent situation involving threatening or violent conduct, where there is reasonable cause to believe that the safety or security of persons may be threatened, we will immediately contact Security.

If you experience or witness a life or safety-threatening emergency, where there is reasonable cause to believe that the safety or security of persons may be threatened, please contact University Security at 514-848-2424 ext. 3717.

If you have a complaint or concern about harassment, discrimination, bullying or any other conduct that violates the code of conduct, whether targeting you or anybody else, we encourage you to contact the Office of Rights and Responsibilities immediately. You may request that your report remain completely confidential.

Why this code of conduct is important

Harassment at in-person and virtual events is unfortunately too common. By creating a code of conduct, we wish to make clear that harassment of anyone for any reason is not acceptable within our events and communities. This code of conduct may prevent harassment by clearly defining expectations for behaviour, aims to provide reassurance, and encourages people who have had bad experiences at other events to participate in this one.