Code of Conduct

This is a pilot of the event code of conduct as drafted by a committee of the Linguistics Graduate Course Union and approved by the graduate student body. As this is its first outing, and we anticipate further consultation, we are welcoming feedback on this statement! Please get in touch with Radu or Lex if you have thoughts you wish to share.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at Linguistics 50 are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody. Any questions regarding this code of conduct should be directed to the Linguistics 50 organizers.

The Quick Version

Linguistics 50 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free environment for everyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), nationality, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, language (including dialect or linguistic proficiency), body size, or physical appearance. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event venue, including talks, workshops, parties, Twitter, and other online media associated with the event. Linguistics 50 participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or removed from the event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.

The Less Quick Version

Harassment includes but is not limited to engaging in a course of comments or conduct that is known or ought to be known to be unwelcome. This particularly applies to comments or conduct related to race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, language use, body size, or physical appearance. Harassment also includes deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, non-consensual photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Displaying of sexual images in public spaces, sharing sexual images, or any other behaviour that otherwise contributes to a sexualized environment is considered inappropriate and will not be tolerated.

Participants asked to stop any harassing or inappropriate behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing or inappropriate behavior, Linguistics 50 organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from the event with no refund.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a Linguistics 50 organizer immediately. We will be happy to help participants contact Chestnut security, U of T campus police, or local police services, to provide assistance securing safe transportation, and to otherwise take action to safeguard attendees’ rights to a safe and harassment-free environment for the duration of the event. We value the well-being of all Linguistics 50 attendees, and will endeavour to ensure that there are no barriers to your participation.

We expect all participants to follow these rules at event venues as well as event-related social events and social media.

Do’s and Don’t’s

DO: Ask other participants before taking photos or videos of them or their work
DO: Ask permission before touching other participants
DO: Be aware that some participants may not be comfortable shaking hands with you
DO: Inform Linguistics 50 organizers (and/or speak up yourself if you feel safe to do so) if you see something that goes against the spirit of this code of conduct
DO: Check on the well-being of your fellow attendees
DO: Check your laptop backgrounds, screensavers, presentation materials, browser tabs, and imagery or slogans on clothing to ensure that they are appropriate for the event
DO: Respect other participants’ decisions about which talks, workshops, or events they choose to attend
DO: Make sure that your tweets and social media posts about the event are in line with this policy

DON’T: Ask offensive or inappropriate questions, or make offensive or inappropriate comments
DON’T: Express judgement about other people’s eating decisions
DON’T: Pressure other participants to drink alcohol

Who do I contact?

Please see the contact page for a list of the organizing committee members.

In particular, you may find or email Radu Craioveanu, who is a Linguistics 50 organizer and also member of the U of T Linguistics Anti-Harrassment Taskforce and assisted in drafting this policy.

Additional Resources

U of T Safety & Support
TravelSafer (formerly WalkSmart)
Campus Police

This code of conduct is inspired by and adapted from via