Code of Conduct

Short Version: 
Creepy or harassing behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Just don’t. 

Longer Version:
The Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is committed to providing an inclusive experience that is free of harassment and intimidation for all Art && Code presenters, partners, conference staff, attendees and guests—regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. The STUDIO will not tolerate any form of harassment and/or discriminatory, oppressive, suppressive, or violent behavior.

Harassment may include, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate or non-consensual physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, and/or refusing to accept the limits or boundaries set by another participant. We further define suppressive behavior as any sort of communication that stifles or belittles another. Participants asked to stop any behavior are expected to comply immediately. This applies to everyone, including conference staff and sponsors.

The STUDIO expects all Art && Code participants to adhere to this code of conduct both at the conference and at any conference-related events. If someone engages in harassing behavior, conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including:

  • Warning the offender of potential expulsion from the conference and/or CMU campus
  • Expulsion from the conference with no refund
  • Expulsion from CMU campus and conference-related sites
  • Alerting CMU campus and local authorities

If you experience or witness harassment or threatening behavior, or have any other concerns, we encourage you to speak up, say something, and/or contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by a WEIRD REALITY hat, and will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.



Event Organizers
Golan Levin (+1-917-520-7456, @golan)
Tom Hughes (+1-412-849-9181, @orthelious)

CMU University Police
Emergency: +1-412-268-2323
Non-Emergency: +1-412-268-6232
Victims of sexual harassment and/or assault may contact the CMU University Police 24 hours a day to discuss the possibility of filing a criminal complaint.

Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Emergency Room, 300 Halket Street, +1-412-641-4933
Magee is staffed with 24-hour Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE), who have completed specialized education and clinical preparation in the medical forensic care of patients who have experienced sexual assault.

Ethics Reporting Hotline
If a community member is not comfortable contacting one of the resources above, concerns and allegations under this policy may also be reported through the University’s confidential ethics reporting hotline at (login: tartans / password: plaid).

More Information
The Carnegie Mellon University Policy against Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault