Code of Conduct

This conduct policy focuses on specific directions for all participants and attendees of the AI Now 2018 Symposium, with the goal of preventing harassment. This Code of Conduct exists in addition to NYU’s Code of Conduct, which you can find here.

The AI Now 2018 Symposium is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion or immigration status. We do not tolerate harassment of Symposium participants or attendees in any form, and encourage you to do the same. Symposium participants or attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the Symposium at the discretion of the Symposium organizers. Our anti-harassment policy follows below:

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or immigration status.

  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following

  • Harassing photography or recording

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Enforcement

Participants or attendees asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

All venue staff, event organizers, and volunteers are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. If a participant or attendee engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all. This includes warning the offender or expelling them from the Symposium.

Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participant or attendee. We expect participant and attendees to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related activities.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to our Symposium staff. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here: https://goo.gl/forms/BTbXFDFSqXgGuCaS2

We cannot follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Emailing this address: [email protected]

  • Contacting a staff member. You will be able to identify members of our staff in two ways:

    • Good Sense Staff (Production Company): They will be wearing a gold and black pin showing two hats

    • Skirball Staff (Venue): They will be wearing black long sleeve shirts that say “Can I help you?” in colorful print on the back

When taking a personal report, the staff member 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 will handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You will not be asked to confront anyone and we will not tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Contact Information

Email Address for AI Now Institute:
[email protected]

Phone number for Event Organizers:
Please reach out to Casey Gollan +1 917 426 6118 in case you need to get in touch with event organizers if you need assistance.

Local hot-lines:
NY Human Rights Harassment & Bias Hotline: +1 888 392 3644
National Organization for Women - New York City Chapter Helpline: +1 212 627 9895
NYC Anti-Violence Project LGBT + Bilingual Hotline: +1 212 714 1141

Local Police/Emergency:
If you would like to contact the police or emergency services directly, please dial 911.

(Adapted from http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy)