Code of conduct

All Confab events are governed by a code of conduct.

We want your Confab experience to be amazing. To keep things safe, inclusive, and fun, here are our expectations for all attendees, speakers, and staff.

Who does this policy cover?

Everyone: All conference staff, volunteers, speakers, attendees, sponsors, and vendors are protected by and expected to follow this policy.

What is harassment?

We consider harassment to be unacceptable behavior toward others, including:

  • Offensive verbal, written, or other comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion
  • Sexual images shared in any manner
  • Deliberate intimidation
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate or unwelcome sexual attention
  • Sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or anything else that creates a sexualized environment

We will not tolerate harassment of or by Confab participants in conference venues and Confab-related social events. People asked to stop any of these or other harassing behaviors are expected to stop immediately. No excuses.

What should I do if I’m being harassed?

Talk to a conference volunteer or staff person right away. You’ll usually be able to find someone in the conference office or at the registration desk to request a private conversation with Tenessa or Amy (our full-time conference staff members), or you can contact if you prefer not to report the incident in person.

If you feel an immediate danger to your personal safety, we also encourage you to contact local law enforcement as needed.

How will Confab respond to harassment?

We’ll work with both parties in good faith to ensure that harassment stops immediately, and we’ll do whatever we can to be sure you feel safe for the duration of the conference.

Here are some of the actions the Confab staff may deem appropriate:

  • A warning to the offender not to repeat the harassing behavior
  • Expulsion from the conference without a refund
  • Blocking individuals from online platforms
  • Reporting the incident to law enforcement
  • Banning participation at future Confabs/Brain Traffic events

If the situation isn’t resolved at the time, or if you need to follow up about anything at all, please call the Confab/Brain Traffic office at 612-331-6600. (Please note that this number is only staffed during regular business hours and is not ideal for emergencies.) For urgent communication, contact our director, Tenessa Gemelke, at 612-877-1219.