Code of Conduct

The Accessible Publishing Summit is a collaborative event where working together will play a pivotal role in successfully developing, compiling, and distributing a set of best practices and techniques for accessible publishing. We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone and we will not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Summit participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the summit at the discretion of the summit organizers. This summit will be made up of members from around the globe with a diverse set of skills, personalities, and experiences. It is through these differences that we hope accessible publishing achieves continued growth. When you’re working with attendees of the Accessible Publishing Summit, we encourage you to follow these guidelines which help steer our interactions and strive to keep a positive atmosphere within the summit.

Expected Behaviour: 

The following behaviours are expected and requested of all summit attendees:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert community leaders if you notice a dangerous situation, someone in distress, or violations of this Code of Conduct.
  • Remember that this event venue is shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of the venue location.

Unacceptable Behaviour: 

The following behaviours are considered harassment and are unacceptable within the Accessible Publishing Summit:

  • Violence, threats of violence or violent language directed against another person.
  • Sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist or otherwise discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting or displaying sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting or threatening to post other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, particularly those related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, or disability.
  • Unwelcome photography or recording.
  • Unwelcome physical contact. You should have someone’s consent before touching them.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention. This includes, sexualized comments or jokes; inappropriate touching, groping, and unwelcomed sexual advances.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following (online or in person).
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Sustained disruption of community events, including talks and presentations.

Conflict Resolution

1. Initial Incident

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, and you feel comfortable speaking with the offender, please inform the offender that she/they/he has affected you negatively. Oftentimes, the offending behavior is unintentional, and the accidental offender and offended will resolve the incident by having that initial discussion.

The Accessible Publishing Summit recognizes that there are many reasons speaking directly to the offender may not be workable for you. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking directly with the offender for any reason, skip straight to step 2.

2. Escalation

If the offender insists that she/they/he did not offend, if offender is actively harassing you, or if direct engagement is not a good option for you at this time, then you will need a third party to step in. At the Accessible Publishing Summit, if you need any assistance with respect to harassment, please contact a member of our organizing committee. The full organizing committee will introduce themselves at the beginning of the summit so you know who we are. If you require any assistance with respect to harassment, please find any of the organizers, and they will be able to help you, or send us an e-mail at


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender and expulsion from the event.

We value everyone’s participation in the Summit, and will all work to keep the conference a safe and friendly space for all participants!

(Adapted from the Code4Lib Code of Conduct)