The IIBA DC community is made up of an assortment of professionals and volunteers with different levels of understanding and personal beliefs. Therefore, IIBA DC prohibits any form of bullying or harassment at all events (including talks, conferences, and in public spaces), and online discussions (such as Twitter and LinkedIn).

Harassment includes, but not limited to:

  • Unwelcomed conduct that is based on: race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic.
  • Offensive physical actions, written or spoken, and graphic communication (for example, obscene hand or finger gestures or sexually explicit pictures).
  • Any type of physical contact when the action is unwelcomed by recipient (for example, intentionally brushing up against someone).
  • Expectations, requests, demands or pressure for sexual favors.
  • Slurs, jokes, posters, cartoons, and gestures that are offensive.
  • 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.

Bullying includes, but not limited to, one or more of the following forms:

  • Verbal abuse.
  • Offensive behaviors that are threatening, humiliating or intimidating.
  • Work interference or sabotage that prevents work from getting done.

If a community participant engages in bullying or harassing behavior, the community organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the community with no refund, if applicable.

If you are harassed, notice harassment or offensive activities, or have any other concerns, please contact an organizer immediately. Participants asked to stop any bullying or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Sponsors of community events, and their Representatives are also subject to the anti-bullying and anti-harassment policy and should not use offensive images, activities, or other material. They should not use offensive clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create an offensive, intimidating, hostile, or unwelcoming environment.

Presentations or similar events should not be stopped for minor problems, although a community organizer should speak to the presenter afterward. If a presentation or event repeatedly or seriously violates this Code of Conduct, the community organizers should take immediate action to politely and calmly stop the presentation or event. (For example, simply say “I’m sorry, this presentation cannot be continued at the present time” with no further explanation.)

To report any form of harassment or to seek immediate help, contact any of the IIBA DC organizers present or email us at

We value your attendance, and want you to feel comfortable, safe, and supported.

We expect participants and organizers to follow these rules at all community venues and community-related social events.

When doing work as a Business Analyst Professional, see IIBA Global’s Code of Conduct and Professional Standards:

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