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 discussions.

However, SXSW is not a place for conversations, discussions, and behavior that are intentionally inappropriate, off-topic, disruptive, or abusive.

SXSW defines inappropriate behavior as 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 are intended to cause personal offense to another SXSW participant either in-person at the event or through social media channels, including but not limited to comments via SXSW PanelPicker®, or the violation of any local or state laws.

SXSW may take action in its discretion against any individual(s) or group(s) it believes fail to meet the standards set forth in this Code of Conduct, including but not limited to 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. Please remember that notifying SXSW does not constitute or replace a notification to local law enforcement.

All 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 (512) 974-5000.

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