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Our goal at SLC|SEM is to provide business owners, marketing professionals and entrepreneurs with the education and resources they need to get better results from their online marketing efforts. On the 3rd Wednesday of every month as well as annually at our digital marketing conference, our attendees have the chance to get world-class knowledge from some of the top marketing experts in the nation.

Our focus on quality and value helped us become Utah's largest marketing association. Networking is a core component of our organization's foundation and SLC|SEM events provide a venue for anyone trying to connect with Utah's talented marketing/advertising community.

Our mission

  • To elevate Utah’s vibrant digital marketing scene
  • To help establish Utah’s digital marketing innovation on a national level
  • To increase awareness of digital marketing channels in our region
  • To become a resource for local business owners in need of marketing solutions

We believe an explicit code of conduct is a great way to stay aligned with our goals and mission.

Anti-harassment policy

A short version

SLC|SEM is dedicated to providing harassment-free monthly events and annual conferences, so in short; be professional, be cool, be welcoming and be friendly to everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We are open and tolerant of all marketing ideas and strategies but we are not open nor tolerant of harassment to event and conference participants in any form!

Because we are professionals all communication should be appropriate for a professional audience which includes people of many different backgrounds. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any event or conference venue. As we serve a largely tech savvy audience, communication does include social media postings by attendees concerning SLC|SEM.

Be considerate of other attendees. Do not insult or put down others. We expect all attendees and volunteers to behave professionally. Remember that sexist, racist, or exclusionary jokes are not appropriate at any SLC|SEM event or conference.

Attendees violating these rules may be asked to leave any conference or event without a refund at the sole discretion of the conference organizers.

Our full anti-harassment policy is listed below [can be found at: [URL for full anti-harassment policy]]

A longer version

Here’s what we expect from our professional attendees; in an effort to provide harassment-free events and conferences for all attendees regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion we will not tolerate harassment in any form.

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.

Event and conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund and at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination [related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion].
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour


Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Board members, volunteers, vendors, and sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a professional and welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference [with no refund]. Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.


If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. We understand that harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone so we want to know about them.

To make a report about harassment please speak with any active member of the board [http://www.slcsem.org/#about] who will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. A report can also be sent either via email or regular mail.


Mailing address:
PO Box 711878
Salt Lake City, UT 84171

Board member procedures for incident handling

Understanding the code of conduct as outlined above, when receiving a harassment report board members should gather all important information regarding the harassment incident being reported including:

  • Identifying information (name/badge number) of the participant
  • The time you issued the warning
  • The behavior that was in violation
  • The approximate time of the behavior (if different than the time of warning)
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Your identity
  • Other people involved in the incident


Any member of the SLC|SEM board can issue a verbal warning to a participant that their behavior violates the event and conference anti-harassment policy. Warnings should be reported via email to board@slcsem.org as soon as practical.


A participant may be expelled by the decision of any acting board member for whatever reasons they deem sufficient. However, here are some general guidelines for when a participant should be expelled:

  • A [first/second/third/seventeenth] offense resulting in a warning from staff
  • Continuing to harass after any "No" or "Stop" instruction
  • A pattern of harassing behavior, with or without warnings
  • A single serious offense
  • A single obviously intentional offense

Hotel/venue security and local authorities should be contacted when appropriate.


Presentations should not be stopped for one-time gaffes or minor problems, although a member of the board should speak to the presenter afterward. However, staff should take immediate action to politely and calmly stop any presentation that repeatedly or seriously violates the anti-harassment policy. For example, simply say "I'm sorry, this presentation cannot be continued at the present time" with no further explanation.

License and attribution

This Code of Conduct was adopted from the example policy from the Geek Feminism Wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers, which is under a Creative Commons Zero license.