SIBA Event Code of Conduct

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance values the dignity, diversity, and inclusion of everyone with whom we interact. Our safety and anti-harassment policies are critical to ensuring that this core value guides what we do and say. All participants at SIBA events are required to adhere to SIBA's code of conduct, as described below. This includes booksellers, SIBA staff, exhibitors, speakers/presenters, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and all affiliated attendees. SIBA is committed to a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, ethnicity, and religion. We do not tolerate harassment, discrimination, or other unwelcome or unlawful behavior on the basis of any of these characteristics.

Behaviors that violate this policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Offensive verbal comments related to any protected category above
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Sexual propositions
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Off-color or obscene jokes, remarks, or gestures
  • Any other words or conduct of a sexual nature that makes the recipient or observer uncomfortable
  • Intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Unwelcome photography or recording

SIBA expects all event participants to follow established rules throughout both official event offerings and related social gatherings, including this policy. SIBA takes any violation of this policy very seriously. Accordingly, participants who violate this policy may, in the judgment and discretion of SIBA, be asked to stop; may be expelled from a SIBA event, without refund if applicable; may be prevented from attending future SIBA events; and may have SIBA membership and future participation privileges revoked.

If you are being harassed, observe someone else being harassed, or have concerns about potential violations of this policy, please notify SIBA event organizers immediately. In the case of an emergency, call 911 or hotel security. In all other cases, email siba@sibaweb.com or text 803.466.8853 and SIBA will respond. SIBA will take all appropriate action in response to protect anyone affected by violations of this policy.