CMA Conference Code of Conduct

Community Media Association Code of Conduct

The Community Media Association operates the following Code of Conduct in order to ensure an open and welcoming environment within our events and online resources, so that all our members feel able to participate.

The CMA is committed to operating as a space that is inclusive and supportive, and in which no forms of discrimination are tolerated. As such, we strive to provide a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socio-economic status and religion (or lack thereof).

We expect all community members and participants to abide by this Code of Conduct in all community venues – online and in-person – as well as in all one-to-one communications pertaining to community business.

A supplemental goal of this Code of Conduct is to increase community media participation by encouraging members and participants to recognise and strengthen the relationships between our actions and their effects on our community.

We would ask that members and participants:

  • Participate in an authentic and active way, contributing to the health and longevity of this community.
  • Exercise consideration and respect in speech and action.
  • Attempt collaboration before conflict.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.
  • Be mindful of surroundings and fellow participants.

Any harassment online or at one of our events will not be tolerated. Harassment includes:

  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal or written comments related to gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and religion
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention.

If you feel you are being harassed, or notice someone else being harassed, please report it to the CMA team and they will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the event (without refund), or removal from the online forum.

The CMA recognises discrimination can occur whenever it is not consciously challenged. Upholding this policy is a collective responsibility and people should be confident in challenging any behaviour which contravenes this policy. We also, however, recognise that individuals should be responsible for their own behaviour.

If you would like to discuss our Code of Conduct or have any concerns please email conference@commedia.org.uk and be assured any communication will be dealt with in confidence.

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