RAC/TRAC 2020 Code of Conduct

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By registering for a place at the Conference, you are automatically agreeing to the following Code of Conduct:

This Code of Conduct applies to all participants in the joint RAC/TRAC conference to be held in Split 2020. Its aim is to ensure a positive and enjoyable intellectual, cultural and social experience for all.

  1. This conference aims to be inclusive, and to embrace diversity in all its forms. It should be a space for open debate and exchange of ideas free of harassment, bullying and abuse. All participants are called on to play a part in making sure this is the case.
  1. The conference welcomes participants regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, race, nationality, political views and religious beliefs. It seeks to celebrate the diversity of modern Roman Archaeology, and to increase the representation of those who for one reason or another have been marginalised in the past. This is reflected in the programme and in the selection of speakers and panels. Running the conference in the historic core of Split comes with unavoidable access constraints to some venues.
  1. Participants are expected, both inside and outside formal academic sessions, to express themselves in ways that are considerate and respectful of others. Equally, they are expected to respond with courtesy and respect to others’ opinions. These values are central to civilised academic debate.
  1. Participants should not use language that belittles or intimidates or bullies or mocks others. Senior academics in particular are called on to be as generous as possible in their interactions with junior colleagues, especially during the questions following the papers. Chairs in particular are asked to actively challenge behaviour that falls short of these standards in their sessions. Those who persist in unacceptable behaviour may be asked to leave a session immediately.
  1. Harassment in all its forms is unacceptable. We understand harassment to be unwanted or uninvited conduct or attention which has the purpose or effect of undermining the dignity of an individual, or creates an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or offensive environment for the individual.
  1. Sexual harassment: inappropriate physical or verbal contact is a serious breach of academic standards. Those who feel they have been subjected to sexual harassment – whether in academic sessions or at cultural or social events – are invited to report it to the conference organisers. We will at our discretion issue verbal warnings, and exclude individuals from the conference. In extreme cases it may also be necessary to involve the police.

We are confident that most participants are fully supportive of the principles embodied in this code, and that none will wish to be passive bystanders while abuse or bullying or harassment takes place, whether in person or online. We call on all participants to actively support those subjected to unacceptable behaviour, to challenge those guilty of it, and to support session chairs and the conference organisers in their efforts to make this conference a positive, rewarding and enjoyable experience for all.

If you have any issues to report, then please contact: rac2020split@gmail.com.

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