GSISC Code of Conduct

Gender and Sexuality in Information Studies Colloquium values your attendance and is dedicated to providing a positive, harassment-free conference experience for everyone. We want GSISC to be welcoming and supportive and we do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.

All communication should be appropriate for a professional audience including people of many different backgrounds. Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national or regional origin, body size, race, age, religion, or other marginalized characteristics are inappropriate. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other attendees. Be careful in the words that you choose. Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes are not appropriate for GSISC. We ask that participants use discretion with photographs of others, recordings, and publicly sharing others' ideas.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the GSISC planning committee may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you are being harassed, witness another participant being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an event organizer immediately. Event organizers will wear identifying buttons, and the registration desk will be staffed throughout the event.  For less urgent matters, you may email

    Emergency Contacts
  • Emergency: 9-1-1
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-877-870-4673
  • Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-841-8371
    Simmons phone numbers
  • Public Safety Emergency 617-521-1111
  • Public Safety Non-emergency 617-521-1112
  • Health Center 617-521-1020
  • Counseling Center 617-521-2455
  • CITY CAB - 617-536-5100 *
  • METRO CAB - 617-782-5500 *
  • TOP CAP - 617-266-4800
  • BOSTON CAB - 617-536-3200
  • I.T.O.A. CAB - 617-825-4000
  • TUNNEL TAXI - 617-567-2700
  • 617TAXICAB - 617-TAXI-CAB
  • * Wheelchair accessible

This procedure has been adopted from the Foss4g guide called "Staff Procedure For Handling Harassment", which was adopted from Ada Initiative's guide titled "Conference anti-harassment/Responding to Reports" and PyCon 2017's similar document.