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Code of Conduct

REIYL is committed to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone. Attendees of events are therefore asked to frame discussions as openly and inclusively as possible and to be aware of how language or images may be perceived by others. Attendees seek to learn, network, and have fun. Please do so responsibly and with respect for the right of others to do likewise.

All participants are expected to observe this code of conduct in all venues, including online venues and social events. Participants asked to stop a hostile or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. 


Please note that, because everyone is expected to show good judgment and use common sense at all times, not all kinds of misconduct or behavioral standards are codified here.


Inappropriate behaviour - harassment, aggression, and intimidation

While healthy, participatory discourse is encouraged, we will not tolerate abusive, badgering, or baiting arguments. Be considerate and respectful when asking questions of panelists and speaking to attendees. Anyone violating these rules may be asked to leave the event without a refund at the sole discretion of the organizers.


Harassment, aggression, and intimidation are hurtful and interfere with other people’s experience and participation in our community. These behaviors are inappropriate and unacceptable, and can be related, but not limited, to race, color, creed, gender (including pregnancy, perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender identity, religion (including religious dress and grooming), marital status, domestic partner status, genetic information, age, national origin or ancestry, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, or any other basis protected by law.


Critical examination of beliefs and viewpoints does not, by itself, constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Similarly, use of sexual imagery and/or language in the context of a professional discussion might not constitute hostile conduct or harassment. Inappropriate behavior can take many forms such as slurs; jokes; derogatory statements; foul or obscene language; offensive clothing; leering; stalking; staring; gestures; pictures, drawings, or cartoons; violating personal space by impeding or blocking another person's movement or otherwise physically interfering with them; harassing photography or recordings; unwanted or offensive letters or poems; offensive email, voicemail, or other messages; and social media postings.


Contact information

If you have been harassed or believe that a harassment problem exists, please see ‘How to Report Incidents’ below. You can also email the organizers directly at


How to report incidents

Report the harassment incident (preferably in writing) to one of the organizers. All reports are confidential. Try to include as much information as available, including:

  • Any identifying information of the person doing the harassing

  • The behavior that was in violation

  • The approximate time of the behavior

  • The circumstances surrounding the incident

  • Other people involved in the incident

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