Safety at CERF 2023

The safety of our attendees is of the utmost importance to CERF. We hope the resources on this page will help ensure you feel safe and welcome at CERF 2023 and in Portland.

Abbreviated Event Code of Conduct

CERF is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all conference participants. We expect all participants to abide by this Code in all venues, whether in person or virtual.

Expected Behaviors Include:

  • Treating all participants with respect, dignity, and consideration;
  • Refraining from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech;
  • Reporting suspected inappropriate behavior directed at yourself or others.

Prohibited Behaviors Include:

  • Harassment - unwelcome or offensive verbal, visual, or physical contact;
  • Sexual harassment - unwelcome, unsolicited, and unreciprocated sexual advances, or other verbal or physical conduct or gesture of a sexual nature;
  • Unruly or disruptive behavior;
  • Discriminatory conduct;
  • Deliberate intimidation, threatening, or stalking.

The full Code of Conduct can be found on the conference website.

If you are being subjected to inappropriate conduct, notice that someone else is being subjected to inappropriate conduct, or have any other concerns, contact CERF Event staff at the Registration Booth or submit an online report.

If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 911 or the Oregon Convention Center staff at 503-731-7849 or dialing “7575” from any of the house phones located throughout the facility.

Safety in Portland 

Travel Portland has answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about safety in Portland and has a list of Portland Public Safety Resources.

Dial 911 if you are in an emergency!

Additional resources:


In order to protect the health and safety of our participants and the surrounding community, we will follow state and local COVID-19 guidelines. At this time, masks, proof of vaccination, and a negative COVID-19 test will not be required to attend CERF 2023. We will keep this page updated if requirements change.

While masks are not required, CERF 2023 and the Oregon Convention Center will support attendees who choose to wear a face covering. Harassment or disparaging remarks related to the choice of wearing a mask will not be tolerated.

If you have COVID-19 or feel ill, please do NOT attend the event.