2019 Conference Code of Conduct

2019 Code of Conduct + Response & Resources.

I. Overview


The Third Coast International Audio Festival is dedicated to providing a safe, equitable, accessible, supportive, inclusive, and intentional conference space for all attendees, presenters, volunteers, conference staff, press, guests, and hotel staff throughout the Conference weekend. We take this code of conduct seriously, and strongly encourage organizers of any ancillary Conference events (including but not limited to: happy hours, parties, or informal get-togethers) to follow and respect this same Code of Conduct.

  • We do not tolerate discriminatory language or behavior on the basis of actual or perceived: gender, sexual orientation, ability, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment or violence in any form , including but not limited to: sexual harassment, deliberate intimidation, stalking, coercion, groping, or sexual assault. (See the full list of what constitutes harassment below.)
  • We strive to address any unwelcome harmful, oppressive, or discriminatory behavior through policy, practice, and action. It is our policy to center the needs of the harmed party. We will work with them to determine the action that TCIAF should take to address the harm.

If someone has violated these standards or otherwise treated you inappropriately, our goal is to provide resources to you, including the option to officially report a violation to the organizers of the Conference, who may respond with sanctions. Anyone who violates this Code of Conduct is subject to sanctions from Third Coast organizers, up to and including removal from the Conference, a report to one’s employer, or future sanctions related to Third Coast programming.

Please read through II. Resources (below) for more about Third Coast's internal and external resources, including the 2019 Community Responder.


Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination
  • Comments that are lewd, lascivious, demeaning, or derogatory
  • Unwelcome discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording (audio or video)
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including any specific activity for which consent was not requested and given
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior

II. Response & Resources


It is our practice to center the needs of the harmed party or parties.

If you witnessed or experienced a violation of this Code of Conduct, want to talk about next-steps, are interested in filing an official report to TC organizers, or would like to receive further resources on-site you can contact 2019 Third Coast Community Responder Ellen Mayer confidentially by email at tcresponder@gmail.com or by phone/text at 1-718-864-5194. The Community Responder’s primary role is to: listen to you and support you, share further internal and external resources with you, help you file an official report with Third Coast staff (if you choose), and act as an advocate on your behalf.

If you need immediate support relating to abuse or sexual violence, please contact Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: 888-293-2080

Who is the 2019 Community Responder? What does that role entail?
Ellen Mayer is a member of the 2019 Third Coast Advisory Group who has helped formulate the Code of Conduct, Community Agreements and processes of response. She is not an employee of Third Coast nor is she a trained counselor or crisis advocate. As the Community Responder, she can listen to and support you, provide you with a quiet space to talk confidentially, and help you access the resources you need.

Ellen will never share your information with anyone, including employees of Third Coast, or take action, without your explicit consent to do so. Should you choose to file an official report with Third Coast staff, she will walk you through that process and ensure that staff receive your report in a timely manner.

Ellen will be on-call as Community Responder at the following times:

  • Thursday, 10/31: 12-4pm & 6-9pm
  • Friday, 11/01: 10-2pm & 6-9pm
  • Saturday, 11/02: 10-2pm & 6-9pm

If you need to contact someone about a code of conduct violation that you experienced or witnessed outside of those hours, you can email or text Ellen (for a response on her next available shift times), or you can refer to the external resources below.

If you contact the Third Coast organizers directly about an incident related to the Code of Conduct, they will put you in contact with the Community Responder. As always, if you have any non-urgent feedback from the weekend, or would like to make suggestions for future years, you can email conference@thirdcoastfestival.org.


If you need support beyond the resources provided by Third Coast Conference, please refer to the following list of local and national organizations. (This information will also be available at the Third Coast table in the Conference Commons.)

Local Hospitals

  • Mercy Hospital & Medical Center: 2525 S Michigan Avenue (closest hospital to Hyatt Regency, 5-minute drive) / Provides immediate and emergency care
  • University of Illinois Hospital Emergency Room: 1740 W Taylor Street (14-minute drive from Hyatt Regency) / Partners with Resilience (below) to provide in-person support to survivors of sexual violence and abuse
  • [Non-Emergency] Mile Square Urgent Care: 1220 S Wood Street (14-minute drive from Hyatt Regency) / University of Illinois’ walk-in clinic providing immediate care for non-emergencies / Open Monday - Friday: 8am - 7pm, Saturday, Sunday: 10am - 5:30pm

Sexual Violence and Abuse Resources

  • Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline: Volunteers and staff are available 24/7 to provide support, crisis intervention, and referrals for survivors of sexual violence and their loved ones. Chicago RAINN affiliate. Call: 888-293-2080
  • Resilience: A local independent sexual violence crisis center providing 24-hour crisis intervention at 17 Chicago-area hospitals free of charge (in both English and Spanish). Call: 312-443-9603 or email info@ourresilience.org

LGBTQ+ Resources

  • Center on Halsted Violence Resource Line: Run by a Chicago-based LGBTQIA community center, this resource line provides phone support to survivors of anti-LGBTQ+ violence. Hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Call: 773-871-2273

Mental Health and Suicide Resources

  • National Suicide Prevention: Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24/7. Call: 800-273-8255 (English), or 800-628-9454 (Spanish)
  • Crisis Text Line: Provides free 24/7 support via text to anyone having any kind of mental or emotional crisis. Text the word HOME to 741741