Code Of Conduct


Everybody who participates in PyCon Balkan in one way or another is required to conform to this Code of Conduct (CoC). This includes attendees, speakers, sponsors, organisers and volunteers.

The organisers will introduce a Code of Conduct team that will be primarily responsible for handling any incidents. The CoC applies before and throughout the event (including related activities such as social events, and social media). We have also published our response guidelines.

Why do we have a Code of Conduct?

Our goals with having this Code of Conduct are:

• Helping everyone feel safe and included. Many attendees are first timers, or have had poor experiences in other events. We want to set the expectation that harassment and other unpleasant behaviour are not acceptable. So that if people do have an unpleasant experience, they know that’s not neither the norm nor acceptable to us as a community.

• Helping to build trust that if an incident is reported, we will not respond with victim blaming, and that we will do a thorough investigation. Even, for example, if the incident concerns someone in a position of power.

• Informing everyone of the expected behaviour. We are a diverse community, and having a Code of Conduct makes the expectations of everybody’s behaviour explicit and transparent.

• Having a framework for report handling. The Code of Conduct is the basis for dealing with a report, assessing whether the CoC was violated, and what action should be taken.

Our Code of Conduct

• Be kind and considerate to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Behave professionally.

• We are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

• We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. This includes offensive comments related to the categories above, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, violent threats or language, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour is also not acceptable.

• Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any venue to which the CoC applies.

• Don’t publish individual photographs of people without their consent. • Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive and unwelcoming to those around you. Excessive swearing and offensive jokes are not appropriate for PyCon Balkan.

Where does the Code of Conduct apply?

This Code of Conduct applies to all conference related spaces. That includes, but is not limited to:

• The conference venue(s)

• The conference hotel(s)

• Any conference related social activities

• Discord & Slack channels, tweets with the conference hashtag, and other online media

The Code of Conduct does not exclusively apply to events on the conference agenda. For example, if after a scheduled social event you go to a bar with a group of fellow participants, and someone harasses you there, we would still treat that as a CoC violation.

What can happen if the CoC is violated?

In case of a Code of Conduct violation, some of the most common actions organisers may take are:

• Demanding that a participant stops their behaviour.

• Demanding that a participant prevents further contact with certain other participants.

• Not publishing the video of a conference talk.

• Cancelling a conference talk.

• Removing a participant from the conference, without refund.

The action taken is at the discretion of the Code of Conduct team. Participants are expected to comply immediately, and further action may be taken in case a participant does not comply. A record will be kept of all incidents.

Where to report incidents

If a Code of Conduct incident happens to you, or witness it happening to someone else, please contact the CoC team immediately either in person, or by sending an email to conduct@pyconbalkan.com In urgent cases, you can also phone us on +381 62 85 65 619.

Our Code of Conduct team to be announced.

The team members will be introduced in person at the conference. You can approach any of them at any time to discuss an incident or concern. You can also ask any other staff to help you find them at the conference.

Guidelines for reporting incidents

Please do not feel like you may be a burden to us by reporting incidents. Even if you happen to report multiple incidents during the conference. We rather consider reports an opportunity for us to act: by knowing about an incident, we can act on it, and often prevent it from continuing or repeating. But if we don’t know, we can’t take action.

If you are not sure whether the situation was a Code of Conduct violation, or whether it applied to that particular space, we encourage you to still report it. We would much rather have a few extra reports where we decide to take no action, rather than miss a report of an actual violation. We do not look negatively on you if we find the incident is not a violation. And knowing about incidents that are not violations, or happen outside our spaces, can also help us to improve the Code of Conduct or the processes surrounding it.

In your report please include, when possible:

• Your contact info (so we can get in touch with you)

• Names (real, nicknames, or pseudonyms) of any individuals involved. If there were other witnesses besides you, please try to include them as well.

• When and where the incident occurred. Please be as specific as possible.

• Your account of what occurred. If there is a written record (e.g. tweets or Discord channels) please include screenshots, or otherwise a link.

• Any extra context you believe existed for the incident.

• If you believe this incident is ongoing.

• Any other information you believe we should have. If you don’t have some of this information, or not at this time, please still make the report anyways.

If you feel unsafe reporting in person, you may choose someone to represent you. In this case, we’d need their contact information, but we’d ask you to make clear that this person represents you.

When handling a report, we follow specific guidelines .

Emergencies If you’re currently afraid of your physical safety or are in danger, contact local law enforcement in Serbia:

• Emergency (Fire, Medical, Police): 193, 194, 192

Other assistance

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. However, we will not contact security or law enforcement without your consent, except when not doing so would create significant danger for other participants.

We value your attendance, and look forward to seeing you at PyCon Balkan 2018.

This document is based on the DjangoCon 2018 Code of Conduct and released under a creative commons license.

Response Guide