BrightonSEO is dedicated to providing a harassment-free, inclusive, educational and enjoyable conference experience for everyone (regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, level of geekiness, affiliation with Google or pre-disposition to SEO related jokes).
A bit like spam in the mailbox, we do not tolerate harassment of delegates, speakers or organisers in any form, including inappropriate online abuse as a response to talks or comments. Sexual language and imagery is also not appropriate for the conference venue, including within talks.
Any delegates violating these rules may be penalised (we have friends in high places), sanctioned, and expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organisers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal or online based comments (related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, level of geekiness, affiliation with Google or pre-disposition to SEO related jokes), sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following (except, of course, the twitter kind), harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks (no one likes a heckler, including on Twitter), inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to do so immediately.
Exhibitors in the expo hall and all staff at the venue are also subject to our code of conduct policy. Exhibitors should not use sexualised images, activities or costumes, which in any way could create a sexualised environment.
If any participant engages in harassing behaviour, any of the BrightonSEO team or supporting staff may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference.
If you are being harassed, notice someone else being harassed, or have any other concerns, we will be more than happy to provide assistance in contacting the appropriate venue security or police, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
If you have concerns about the conduct of anyone involved in the event you can also contact the welfare team in the following ways:
You can report concerns anonymously, but that will limit what we can do. If you are happy to give your name and contact details we will get in touch with you as soon as possible to investigate any breaches of our code of conduct. Please be assured that we will do our utmost to respect your confidentiality and safety.