Steel City Ruby Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Exhibitors in the expo hall, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts/special badges/head sets.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.
- Email address for organizers
- Phone number for Heinz History Center security
- (412) 454-6311
- Local law enforcement
- City of Pittsburgh Police - call 911
- Sexual assault hotline
- Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) - (866) 765-2731 or (412) 765-2731
- Medical Emergency
- Call 911
- Local taxi company
- Pittsburgh Yellow Cab - (412) 321-8100, Pittsburgh Classy Cab (412) 322-5080
We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.
Steel City Ruby Conference will not refund registration fees for any reason.
If you are unable to attend, but have purchased a registration, we urge you to find someone to whom you can transfer your registration. If you do not know someone looking for a registration, perhaps you can find one on our discussion list. Once you know to whom you would like to transfer your registration, contact us with the name and email address of the person to whom you would like to transfer it and we will handle the transfer.