Updated June 19, 2023Section 1: Introduction
ConnectiCon is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and respectful environment for all attendees, including participants, speakers, vendors, staff, volunteers, and guests. Harassment in any form will not be tolerated at our convention. This policy aims to ensure the well-being and comfort of everyone involved and to promote a positive and enjoyable experience for all attendees.
Section 2: Definition of Harassment
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of panels or events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome attention or advances, and any other form of offensive, abusive, or discriminatory behavior, whether verbal, non-verbal, or written.
Section 3: Expected Behavior
All attendees are expected to adhere to the following guidelines:
3.1.0 Respectful Conduct
Treat all individuals with respect, dignity, and consideration. Be mindful of your words and actions, as well as their potential impact on others.
3.2.0 Personal Boundaries
Respect personal boundaries and do not engage in any behavior that makes others uncomfortable. Consent is crucial; do not touch someone without their explicit permission.
3.3.0 Inclusive Environment
Promote inclusivity and embrace the diversity of our attendees. Discrimination, prejudice, and any form of bigotry will not be tolerated.
Maintain a professional and appropriate demeanor at all times. Remember that attendees may have different backgrounds, experiences, and sensitivities.
3.5.0 Reporting Incidents
If you witness or experience harassment, report it promptly to H.A.R.T, who will be clearly identified and easily accessible throughout the convention. H.A.R.T, members will be wearing purple colored reflective vests.
Section 4: Consequences of Harassment
Upon receiving a harassment complaint, ConnectiCon will promptly and discreetly investigate the matter. All reports will be treated with utmost seriousness and handled with sensitivity.
4.2.0 Response Actions
If a violation of this policy is found to have occurred, ConnectiCon may take appropriate action, including but not limited to:
4.2.1 Verbal Warning
A warning may be issued to the offending individual, emphasizing the importance of adhering to the policy.
The individual responsible for the harassment may be asked to leave the convention premises immediately without a refund, and future participation may be prohibited.
4.2.3 Legal Action
In cases of severe or criminal misconduct, ConnectiCon reserves the right to involve law enforcement.
Section 5: Reporting Procedure
If you experience or witness harassment, please take the following steps:
5.1.0 Safety First
If you feel unsafe or threatened, contact event security or staff immediately.
5.2.0 Report the Incident
Notify H.A.R.T about the incident in person, by phone, (860) 578-2889, or by email: email@example.com. Provide as much detail as possible, including the names of individuals involved, witnesses (if any), date, time, and location.
Reports will be handled with the strictest confidentiality possible, but be aware that some information may need to be shared with relevant parties during the investigation process.
5.2.2 Supportive Measures
ConnectiCon will provide support to victims of harassment, which may include, but is not limited to, offering a safe space, arranging escorts, or modifying seating arrangements.
5.2.3 Staff involved
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if staff are involved in any form of harassment. Executive staff will review and act accordingly to ensure proper procedures and reporting are followed.
Section 6: Conclusion
ConnectiCon is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected, safe, and included. By attending our convention, you agree to abide by this anti-harassment policy. Together, let's create a convention experience that celebrates our shared interests and promotes a culture of kindness, understanding, and mutual respect.