Anti-Harassment Policy

As the host of GraphConnect, Neo4j, Inc. is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone.  We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at our discretion.

Harassment includes unwelcome or hostile behavior, including speech that intimidates, creates discomfort, or interferes with a person's participation or opportunity for participation, in our conference. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination, such as those related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion.
  • Adult risqué, obscene or sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following 
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome attention, unsolicited and unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

Retaliation for reporting any incidents of harassment, or perceived harassment, for making any complaints of harassment, or participating in any investigation of incidents of harassment, or perceived harassment is also strictly prohibited.

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior must comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing or disruptive behavior, we may take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes, without limitation, warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.

We may take action to redress anything that we determine in our discretion is designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.  We may notify law enforcement authorities as we see fit.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. A response that the participant was “just joking,” or “teasing,” or being “playful,” will not be accepted.

Reporting

If someone engages in any harassing behavior or makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts and staff badges. You can make a report either personally or anonymously as follows.

Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here: http://bit.ly/neoreport
We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will investigate it and take whatever action we determine is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Emailing graphconnect@neo4j.com
  • Contacting a conference staff member, identified by STAFF badges, buttons, or shirts.

When taking a personal report, our staff will use reasonable efforts to ensure you cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Our staff is instructed to handle report intake as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won't be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise reasonably assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Neo4j Staff
graphconnect@neo4j.com

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.