In academic circles it varies by discipline, but the general rule of thumb is that the conference organizers determine those practices. For NACADA-sponsored events (all Region Conferences, Annual Conferences, and International Conferences) there are two scenarios:
Scenario1: Conference is cancelled by NACADA:
Position: In this case, it is our opinion that you may include your presentation (or poster or preconference workshop) on your CV. A few examples of citations in APA are included at the end of this section.
Rationale: In the case of conferences with a peer-review process, the proposal has been fully vetted through the structure available to everyone. It has been approved and published in the conference programs (available online for verification, if needed), and the presenter(s) would have been present for the session, but for the cancellation.
Scenario 2: Conference is not cancelled, but presenter does not attend:
Position: If a presenter chooses not to attend an event that runs as scheduled (or is unable to attend due to illness), it is generally not accepted to include the presentation on their CV.
Rationale: In this case, the presenter is expected to attend and has been provided a time and place for the session. If the presenter does not attend (for whatever reason) they have failed to fulfill the explicit agreement (electronically signed upon acceptance) to register for the conference and present the content. They have, in fact, taken a session spot away from another participant who would have been able to attend and present. It is unethical to claim the session on a CV or resume in this case.
Each individual should consider the acceptable practice within their discipline, academic or student affairs department/unit, or institutional policies, however.