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Texas Water Conference Code of Conduct

The Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) and Texas Section of American Water Works Association (TAWWA) are professional, diverse and inclusive organizations that champion a culture of respect for all members and conference attendees. Texas Water™ is co-produced by WEAT and TAWWA; and both organizations are dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free experience for everyone attending Texas Water, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, disability or religion. WEAT and TAWWA will not tolerate harassment of conference attendees, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, or staff.

This Code of Conduct prohibits anyone present at Texas Water™, including attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, volunteers, or staff, from engaging in intimidating, harassing, unwelcome, abusive, disruptive, violent or offensive conduct toward others. Derogatory speech, images, and personal insults based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, disability, religion or ethnicity are prohibited, as is unwelcome sexual attention, touching, stalking, photography, or sexually explicit comments or images. Individuals asked to stop any such behavior must comply immediately. Violators may be subject to expulsion without refund.

Sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors should not use sexualized or offensive images in their presentations, advertising, or booths. Booth staff should not wear inappropriate clothing that create a sexualized environment.

WEAT and TAWWA have a zero tolerance policy for hostile, disruptive or harassing behavior at Texas Water that negatively interferes with the experience for others, or makes others feel unsafe. If you feel you are being harassed, or if you observe others engaging in behavior that violates this Code of Conduct, you may seek out conference staff or contact:

Julie Nahrgang, 210.325.308, julie@weat.org, Executive Director, WEAT | TACWA

Mike Howe, 512.750.2262, mikehowe@austin.rr.com, Executive Director, TAWWA

Heather Cooke, 512.923.2273, WEAT President 2019-2020

Elston Johnson, 512.809.7552, TAWWA President 2019-2020

Kristi Rowland, 214.802.4587, Texas Water HR Consultant

for assistance. WEAT and TAWWA staff and Officers as well as Texas Water™ contractors will be briefed on this Code of Conduct and options for remedial action, ranging from warning the offender, contacting venue security or law enforcement, or expulsion from the conference without refund, depending on the circumstances. If you continue to feel unsafe, please let us know so that we can try to assist, such as providing escorts or working with venue security.


Conference Policies

CONTACT INFORMATION POLICY

As part of your event registration, personal contact data such as name, address, and email was collected and may be used by Texas Water™ Show Management and approved third-parties affiliated with Texas AWWA and WEAT. As a reminder, by allowing your badge to be scanned by exhibitors for lead retrieval, you are providing your full contact information (address, email, phone, etc.) to the exhibitors.

PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM DISCLAIMER

While Texas Water™ has taken care to ensure the qualifications of speakers, presenters, and moderators at this conference, the opinions, comments, and other views made by participants in his/her presentation(s) are not necessarily those of Texas Water™, TAWWA, WEAT nor its officers, directors, planning committee, or staff.

PHOTOGRAPHY & INFORMATION RELEASE POLICY

By registering for this event, conference participants agree to allow Texas Water™ to use their likeness in any TAWWA or WEAT related production or publication, including, but not limited to, emails, social media posts, printed materials, videos, and websites. Additionally, participants agree to receive show-related and promotional emails from conference hosts and exhibitors. At no time, however, will attendees’ email addresses be sold or otherwise directly disclosed to exhibitors or conference vendors.

SOCIAL MEDIA, CAMERA, AND CELL PHONE POLICIES

Texas Water™ encourages the use of social media during our conferences and events. We welcome your pictures, quotes, and use of #TXWATER20. Filming or live streaming of any presentation, session, or Exhibit Hall booth is prohibited without the permission of the presenter or exhibitor. Additionally, if you are unsure about whether it’s appropriate to post a picture or quote, please speak with the presenter or exhibitor to request their permission prior to posting. Violation of this policy may result in confiscation of the media and removal from the event. This policy is intended to protect the intellectual property and hard work of both our presenters and exhibitors. The Texas Water™ conference proceedings will contain all presentations and additional materials provided by the presenters who wish to have their information published. Attendees are asked to be respectful of their colleagues by turning off or silencing all mobile devices before entering meeting rooms.


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