CrikeyCon Code of Conduct
Security events present opportunities to learn, share knowledge and network. As a security event
organiser, we believe these events should represent a safe, enjoyable and inclusive environment for all
people, irrespective of gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality, religion, disability, socioeconomic
background, experience, size, shape and so on. No one should undergo harassment, bullying or abuse. Any
sign of such behaviour will be deemed unacceptable and will be handled in line with our zero-tolerance
policy. We will apply consistent, specific sanctions regardless of the circumstances to ensure they do not
reoccur. This code of conduct explains exactly what we mean by unacceptable behaviour and it outlines the
steps someone subjected to such behaviour at an event can take to report it.
Why do we need a Code of Conduct?
Unfortunately, unacceptable behaviour still occurs and whilst harassment metrics are yet to be introduced
and measured, anecdotal reports are widespread and have been reported in the media and social media
platforms for years. This has reportedly resulted in increased dissatisfaction and non-attendance by some
minorities who feel disenfranchised and threatened. The purpose of this code of conduct is to get
participants fully aligned on what constitutes unacceptable behaviour, how the aggrieved can report it,
and what will be done about it.
Who is our Code of Conduct for?
Our code of conduct is for event attendees, speakers, sponsors, partners, facilities staff, committee, and
How we Define Acceptable and Unacceptable Behaviour
People's interpretation of acceptable or unacceptable behaviour is subjective and influenced by personal
experience, religion and cultural background. That's why we believe it's important to define what we mean
As an event organiser, we expect everyone to be professional and respectful to others at all times.
Everyone should be aware of the impact their behaviour can have on others. We ask that you:
Respect the venue, the staff and any equipment you may be allowed to use.
Be courteous and well-mannered when speaking to someone or engaging with them.
Treat people the same way you would like to be treated.
Respect someone's personal space and body - when someone says no it is no, not maybe.
Unacceptable behaviour is offensive in nature - it disturbs, upsets or threatens. It lowers self-esteem or
causes overwhelming torment. It is characteristically and can take the following forms:
Derogatory, inflammatory or discriminatory language, comments or conduct.
Engineered episodes of intimidation, aggressive actions or repeated gestures.
Repetitive heckling and disruption of talks.
Presenting staff or volunteers in inappropriate attire e.g. sexualised clothing.
Using sexual images or sex toys in public spaces.
Inappropriate photography or recordings (where inappropriate is defined as used later in a sexual,
derogatory or defamatory manner or for exploitation).
Stalking or following.
Persistent and unwanted sexual advances.
Unwanted physical contact.
Encouraging any of the above behaviours.
How to Report Unacceptable Behaviour
Option 1. Speak up. See it, say it, sort it. If you are disrespected, or witness this happening to someone
else, engage politely with the person involved, if you feel able to, and let them know that you find their
behaviour unacceptable and offensive. Sometimes the best way to change unacceptable behaviour is by
bringing it to the perpetrator's attention and giving them an opportunity to acknowledge this and
Option 2. Report it to us via any of the following ways:
Inform a member of our event staff who can be identified by their badge.
Email us at [email protected]
Complete our event feedback form (this can be done anonymously).
When reporting, please provide as much detail as possible, preferably:
Your name and contact details (email, cell/mobile phone and address).
The time it occurred.
The place it occurred.
The names and contact details of any witnesses.
The outcome you are expecting (e.g. letter of apology, steps taken to prevent a similar instance from
Note: you can remain anonymous if you so wish and providing any of the above information is optional.
We don't have a time limit for reporting unacceptable behaviour, although we encourage you to do it as
quickly as possible, as it can be difficult to obtain accurate witness statements the longer time passes.
If you report unacceptable behaviour more than 3-months after an incident, you should explain why as it
may impact the ability to respond accordingly. We will consider your explanation and then endeavour to
deal with your report.
How to Report Unacceptable Behaviour
We are committed to ensuring that you experience a positive, enjoyable and inclusive event. We strive for
customer service excellence when reporting unacceptable behaviour. That's why, for the duration of our
event, we will have a number of reporting mechanisms available (e.g. suitable informed event staff , event
feedback forms etc.). When you report unacceptable behaviour to us we will respond promptly and with care,
consideration and respect. Our process does not replace nor remove the formal mechanisms available to you
as an individual to report inappropriate or offensive behaviour such as making a police report.
Our process is as follows:
We will acknowledge your report and reply via email within 4 hours.
We will perform a thorough investigation within 2 weeks. We will not comment on your experience or
perception of it. We will keep it wholly professional and confidential. We will treat all of the people
involved fairly and objectively, irrespective of what our relationship with them is.
We will apply the appropriate sanctions / remediations e.g. warnings, direction to learning resources on
the topic of harassment, bullying or anti-social behaviour, temporary or permanent suspensions, and if
necessary report them to the police. We will take into consideration your wishes in any enforcement.
We will suggest measures we can take to ensure incidents of this nature do not reoccur at future events.
We reserve the right to remove people from the event, or prevent people from joining the event.
We will not name and shame individuals, but we will analyse our progress with regards to unacceptable
behaviour and publish our findings annually on our website.