University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Audio Mostly 2019: A Journey in Sound
18th to 20th September 2019

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Code of Conduct

Audio mostly 2019: Code of Conduct

We believe that everyone has the right to be in a safe and welcoming environment when attending Audio mostly and that everyone should feel included.

Audio mostly is an ACM sponsored conference. The open exchange of ideas and the freedom of thought and diverse expression are central to the ACM aims and goals. These require an environment that recognizes the inherent worth of every person and group, that fosters dignity, understanding, and mutual respect, and that embraces complex differences. For these reasons, ACM requires all ACM members and members of ACM Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”) to abide by their Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment with respect to their participation in ACM-related activities. ACM also expects registered attendees of ACM- or SIG-sponsored events such as Audio mostly (“Event Attendees”) to abide by this Policy.


Meaningful equity and inclusion depend on the environment and norms we all create. That’s why we ask ourselves, all chairs, participants, and affiliates that we consciously work toward building a safe, respectful, informed and harassment-free conference environment for everyone involved, regardless of self-identified: age, ability, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender identity and expression, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, physical appearance, dietary requirements, culture or childcare requirements.

Being committed to a equitable and inclusive conference environment means:

  • Committing to helping each other

  • Listening to others’ views

  • Setting an example

  • Being aware of your biases and prejudices

  • Respecting your environment and the people around you

At Audio mostly the following is strictly prohibited:

  • Abuse: Any action directed at an individual that (a) interferes substantially with that person’s participation; or (b) causes that person to fear for his/her personal safety. This includes threats, intimidation, bullying, stalking, or other types of abuse.

  • Sexual harassment: Unwelcome physical and/or sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal/physical conduct of a sexual nature. Examples include (but are not limited to):

    • unwelcome advances or propositions, particularly when one individual has authority over the other;

    • inappropriate touching of an individual’s body;

    • degrading or humiliating comments about an individual’s appearance;

    • using an activity-related communication channel to display or distribute sexually explicit images or messages;

  • discriminatory harassment: Any conduct that discriminates or denigrates an individual on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, citizenship, nationality, age, sexual or gender identity, disability, physical appearance, or any other characteristic protected by law

  • No inappropriate imagery or content: inappropriate or gratuitous use of nudity, sexual images, or stereotyped images including using an activity-related communication channel to display or distribute sexually explicit or otherwise offensive or discriminatory images or messages

  • Harassment includes but is not limited to:

    • offensive verbal or written comments

    • deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording (including capturing or sharing visual images of individuals wearing lanyards indicating they do not want to appear in pictures or recordings)

    • sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

    • real or implied threat of physical harm;

    • real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm.


If what you’re doing is making someone feel uncomfortable, that counts as harassment and is enough reason to stop doing it!

Attendees asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Absolutely everyone involved with our activities, including participants, members, sponsors, guests, volunteers, organisers, and our committee members, are subject to our Code of Conduct.

If a person engages in any harassing behaviour, we may take any action we deem appropriate, including (but not limited to) warnings, expulsion, and banning, with no eligibility for reimbursement or refund of any type.

If you are being harassed, or notice someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please alert us by using the contacts below or approach one of our volunteers.

Reporting an Incident

  • Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report to using a ‘disposable’ email address service such as:

While we can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

  • Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:


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 hotel/venue security, police, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event.


If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at: (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion chair)

This event complies with the University of Nottingham’s Events guidance

This Code of Conduct was adapted from NBiT 2018 Code of Conduct.