Event code of conduct

In order to provide all participants with the opportunity to benefit from ISTE events and activities, ISTE is committed to providing a friendly, safe, supportive and harassment-free environment for all conference attendees and participants regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or other group identity.

This code of conduct outlines the ISTE expectations for all conference attendees and participants, including all members, speakers, vendors, media representatives, commentators, exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers. Cooperation is expected from everyone, and organizers will actively enforce this code throughout this event. Violations are taken seriously.

Expected behavior

ISTE expects conference participants to communicate professionally and constructively, whether in person or virtually, handling dissent or disagreement with courtesy, dignity and an open mind, being respectful when providing feedback, and being open to alternate points of view. Likewise, when sharing information about the organization or any attendees or participants via public communication channels, ISTE expects participants to share responsibly and clearly distinguish individual opinion from fact.

Unacceptable behavior

ISTE does not tolerate harassment of conference attendees or participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments and negative behavior, either in real or virtual space, including those which are related to or are based upon gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion or other group identity. Harassment also includes display of sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events and unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.

Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks, workshops, social events and social media. Sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, media representatives, commentators and activity organizers may not use sexualized language, images, activities or other material, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

Consequences of unacceptable behavior

If an attendee or participant, in either real or virtual space, engages in inappropriate, harassing, abusive or destructive behavior or language, the conference organizers will determine and carry out the appropriate course of action, including warning the offender, expulsion from the conference with no refund and/or banning the offender from future ISTE events and activities. All participants are expected to observe these rules and behaviors in all conference venues, including online venues and conference social events. Conference participants seek to learn, network and enjoy themselves in the process, free from any type of harassment. Please participate responsibly and with respect for the rights of others.

Share the grid

ISTE invests tremendously in the onsite internet and power services and our goal is to provide a positive experience for everyone at ISTE 2017. You can help by being mindful of your bandwidth usage and avoiding large downloads or streaming while onsite.

Room capacity

Standing or sitting in aisles of session rooms is not permitted. All rooms are set to the maximum number of attendees allowed per the fire marshal.

Non-fee preregistration events:
Preregistration is required for some sessions, such as BYODs and select meetings and forums. Seats not filled five minutes before the scheduled start time will be released to those waiting in the standby line on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Fee preregistration events:
Preregistration and additional fees are required for some sessions, such as workshops and select meetings and forums. Unsold seats are available for purchase through the conference website or mobile app. Sold seats that are not filled will be released 15 minutes after the start time.

Age restriction

For the safety of children, no person under the age of 18 will be allowed on the exhibit hall floor at any time during move-in and move-out hours. During all active operating hours of the ISTE Conference & Expo, no one under 16 years of age will be permitted to attend sessions or to visit the ISTE Expo unless that person is either a student presenter or a registered attendee having purchased a conference registration, in either case accompanied by an adult chaperone. Strollers or infant carriers (worn or carried) are not permitted at any time in the ISTE Expo or conference sessions. These policies are strictly enforced, apply to all exhibitors and attendees, and are without exception. ISTE reserves the right to request proof of age from anyone at any time.

This policy is in effect to address safety/liability concerns as well as to ensure the ISTE conference is an exceptional professional development and learning opportunity for its attendees who have a vested interest in the content and learning taking place. Additionally, as sessions frequently are at capacity, this policy helps ensure that paid attendees have access to conference content to the fullest extent possible.

Video and studio recording

Video and studio recording, including streaming, of sessions for commercial use is strictly prohibited. Recordings for noncommercial use are allowed with the permission of the presenter as indicated in the program listing for each session. Any recording should respect the presenter's rights and not be disruptive.

Video and photo consent

Registration and attendance at, or participation in, ISTE 2017 meetings, conference and other activities constitutes an agreement that allows ISTE to use and distribute the registrant's, attendee's and/or participant's image, name or voice in photographs, videos, websites, social media and/or print and digital collateral. If you have questions about this policy, please visit the info booth.

Legal notice

The ISTE 2017 website host is the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). The ISTE 2017 website is governed by the same rules and definitions as the main ISTE website — see ISTE's Legal Notice for details.

What to do

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed or have any other concerns about an individual's conduct, please follow the incident reporting procedures below.

To report an incident or problem, please file a written complaint with the . The board will evaluate the concern and take one or more of the following actions, depending on the findings:

  • Contact the complainant and/or the offending member directly for further explanation.
  • Convene the ISTE Board of Directors for handling according to the ISTE Member Code of Conduct incident procedures.
  • Revoke the offending member's membership with no refund.

This Code of Conduct is regularly reviewed and revised by the ISTE Board of Directors.

Privacy policy

ISTE uses a display advertising partner to collect visitor data on our site and then serve targeted display ads to you on other sites. The techniques our partners employ do not collect personal information, such as your name, email address, postal address or telephone number. Our partners use technology, such as cookies and web beacons, to collect this data. For more information or to opt-out of this type of advertising, please visit AdRoll's privacy policy.

Feedback on ISTE policies can be submitted via the ISTE 2017 feedback form.

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San Antonio

June 25-28, 2017

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