Code of Conduct

Our goal

World Usability Day (WUD) is dedicated to educating local practitioners working in and individuals interested in the fields related to user experience, and in doing so, we embrace diverse thoughts and opinions.

Volunteers work hard to produce this amazing event, and as a result, our community grows in numbers and strength. To encourage continued growth and strength, we want to maintain a safe and rewarding WUD experience for all: attendees, speakers, volunteers, and support staff.

Our rules

To this end, the UXPA Cleveland Board of Directors created a code of conduct, which we expect all involved to respect and uphold.  It applies to all volunteers, all attendees, and all speakers participating in WUD, as well as all staff and venders manning the location.

We do not tolerate, in any form, the harassment of our participants, speakers or volunteers.

  • UXPA Cleveland and its volunteers are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.
  • Harassment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
    • Offensive verbal comments related to gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, and religion
    • Sexual images in public spaces
    • Sexual language
    • Deliberate intimidation
    • Stalking and/or following
    • Harassing photography or recording
    • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
    • Inappropriate physical contact
    • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Engagement in any of the aforementioned behavior will result in the offending individual’s immediate and unrefunded expulsion from the event.

Our process

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns regarding the conduct of our volunteers, speakers, or attendees, please contact Jessica Becker or Denise Kadilak. We handle all reports in the strictest confidence.

What to report:

  • Feeling unsafe or fearful as the result of another’s behavior
  • Prior experience with a volunteer, speaker, or attendee that makes you uncomfortable and deters your participation in the event
  • Concerns about the appropriateness of language used, views expressed, or materials shared at the event or via our social media channels
  • Witnessed behavior that you feel inappropriate based on our code of conduct rules

What we do:

  • Listen to all reported concerns
  • Help you determine all options available to address the situation
  • Document all relevant details related to the situation
  • Follow the situation to a resolution, to where you feel safe and can continue participating
  • Allow you to remain anonymous

This Code of Conduct is a living document and updated regularly. Last update on September 19, 2019.