Policies & Procedures

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Conduct Policy

Steel City Ruby Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of age, 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.

Misconduct Procedures

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.

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
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

We strongly recommend employing Lyft or Uber for your travel needs.

  • 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.


Refund Policy

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.

Ticket Transfers

Ticket Transfer Policy

We can transfer tickets up to three days before the event. Transferees who receive tickets less than 30 days before the event may not receive their desired T-shirt size.

We do not prohibit resale of tickets, but require that any resale not exceed the original ticket price. Sponsors may not resell tickets, but may give them away however they see fit.

Ticket Transfer Procedure

To transfer your ticket to someone else, email registration@steelcityruby.org from the email address you used to register, and CC the the person to whom you are transferring.

This email should have the subject Please transfer my ticket to $personName and the body Please transfer my ticket to $personName, who can be contacted at $personEmail. We will reply to that thread to contact that person to get their T-shirt size and any other information.