Attendee Procedure for Incident Handling

Attendee Procedure for incident handling

This procedure has been adopted from the Ada Initiative’s guide titled “Conference anti-harassment/Responding to Reports”.

The staff members are prepared to handle the incident and are informed of the code of conduct policy and guide for handling harassment at the conference. There will be a mandatory staff meeting onsite at the conference when this will be reiterated as well.

Report the harassment incident to a conference staff member – all reports and identities will remain strictly confidential, except as required by law.

When reporting the event to staff, try to give as much information as available, but do not interview people about the incident – Staff will assist you in writing the report/collecting information.

The important information consists of:

  • Identifying information of the participant(s) doing the harassing
  • The behavior that was in violation
  • The approximate time of the behavior (if different than the time the report is being made)
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Other people involved in the incident


Staff members are well informed on how to deal with the incident and how to further proceed with the situation.

If you feel your safety is in jeopardy do not hesitate to contact local law enforcement by dialing 911. If you do not have a cell phone, you can use any hotel phone or simply ask a staff member.  If everyone is presently physically safe, the staff will involve law enforcement or security only at a victim’s request.  If a criminal act is suspected, a law enforcement officer will be contacted.

If possible, reports should be made directly to the Managing Director or Board Chair of the Agile Alliance.