Code of Conduct

SXSW helps creative people achieve their goals. One way we do this is by serving as a platform for engaging, thought-provoking conversations and experiences.

However, SXSW is not a place for behavior that is inappropriate, off-topic, disruptive, or abusive.

SXSW defines inappropriate behavior as that which undermines the spirit of SXSW, including any form of verbal or physical abuse, the use of derogatory or discriminatory language, gestures or actions, any form of harassment, racism, sexism, or any other targeted comments which may violate any local, state or federal laws or cause personal offense to another SXSW participant before or during the event, whether in-person, via the SXSW GO mobile app, through social media channels, using the SXSW PanelPicker®, or any other method of communication.

SXSW may take action in its discretion to address any individual(s) or group(s) it believes fail to meet the standards set forth in this Code of Conduct, including, without limitation, revoking the violating parties’ credentials without refund.

Please contact if you believe you’ve observed or experienced a violation of this Code of Conduct, and SXSW will work to assess the situation and to respond as soon as possible. Notifying SXSW does not constitute or replace a notification to local law enforcement.

All suspected violations of the law should be reported to local law enforcement. For emergencies, immediately dial 9-1-1. For non-emergencies, the Austin Police Department is available at 3-1-1 or (512) 974-5000.

If you’ve had an unwanted sexual experience, SAFE is available to provide support through the confidential, 24-hour SAFEline. Call: (512) 267-SAFE (7233), Text: (737) 888-7233, or Chat: Free face-to-face services and emotional support are available on a walk-in basis Monday-Friday between 8am and 4pm. Free forensic exams are available at SAFE’s Eloise House.

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