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Code of Conduct | 2020 International Conference and Festival

The conduct of conference and festival attendees at the 2020 Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance (“IABD Conference and Festival’) reflects on the Association, its Board of Directors, and the larger dance community in whole. In order to ensure a safe environment and a professional atmosphere for all conference and festival attendees, we have devised this Code of Conduct. We ask that you please read through it carefully, as all conference and festival goers are expected to abide by it during the duration of the IABD Conference and Festival and during any activities or events organized in the context of the conference and festival by The International Association of Blacks in Dance, Inc. (IABD) and Philadanco (DANCO).

1.     The supervision of IABD Conference and Festival attendees and their compliance to this Code of Conduct, and the rules and policies governing the conference and festival are the responsibility of the individual and/or their chaperones.

2.     The valuables and possessions of IABD Conference and Festival attendees, and the safeguarding thereof, remain the responsibility of the attendee. Neither the IABD/DANCO and its staffs, or Boards of Directors shall be held liable for losses arising due to theft or negligence.

3.     IABD Conference and Festival attendees are responsible for any damages they cause to the hotels or their property, the property of Bellevue Hotel, Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts or the possessions of other delegates, staff, chaperones or other hotel guests.

4.     IABD/DANCO and their respective staffs and Boards of Directors, shall not be liable for any injuries to persons or damages or losses to property that may occur during the ordinary course of the conference and festival or due to a failure to comply with any of the rules governing the conference and festival, including, but not limited to, this Code of Conduct, conference and festival rules, hotel rules and applicable laws, statutes and regulations.

5.     Conference and Festival attendees must abide by the laws, statutes and regulations of the township of Philadelphia, the State of Pennsylvania and the United States of America, at all times. Of particular note are the laws relating to:

a.     Theft, assault, and battery,

b.     Sexual harassment,

c.     Possession of firearms and other weapons,

d.     Possession or consumption of alcohol,

e.     Possession, purchase, storage, sale, distribution or consumption of any controlled substance,

f.      Public disturbances and nuisance alarms, including the triggering of an emergency alarm where no emergency exists.

6.     Conference and Festival attendees must abide by conference and festival rules during the duration of the IABD Annual International Conference and Festival.

7.     Conference and Festival attendees must abide by hotel rules while on hotel premises.

8.     Conference and Festival attendees are expected to abide by safety rules and regulations, including those governing the use of the swimming pool (if applicable) and fire safety instructions posted in each room.

9.     In order to encourage the free and open exchange of ideas, Conference and Festival attendees are expected to be mindful of, respect and tolerate personal differences and differences of opinion. In particular, attendees are to refrain from abusive or derogatory language as well as personal attacks on other attendees, chaperones, conference and festival and hotel staff. Of special note are slurs based on race, ethnicity, gender, religious affiliation, age, disabilities and sexual orientation.

10.   Conference and Festival attendees are reminded to be mindful of other hotel guests during the IABD Conference and Festival. Noise must be kept at a reasonable level during the day and to an absolute minimum after late night hours.

11.   IABD Conference and Festival attendees are expected to lock their rooms during the day and to present conference and festival identification upon request by facility staff.

We are dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free experience for ALL involved in the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel your safety is at risk, or you bear witness to unacceptable behavior, please immediately visit the registration suite or seek out a IABD/DANCO staff member. IABD will investigate all incidents reported with discretion, confidentiality, and urgency. IABD reserves the right to revoke, without refund, access to the Annual International Conference and Festival and/or IABD membership. We invite you to participate in the Annual International Conference and Festival of Blacks in Dance with open-mindedness, professional integrity, honesty, curiosity, and respect.