Anti-Harassment Policy and Safe Space Doctrine
This event is dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for all attendees regardless of age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or political affiliation.
We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. 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 age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, political affiliation, etc. 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. Also, please note- the taping or photography of presenters may only be done with the presenter’s permission. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, staff 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 the conference staff immediately. Senior staff can be identified by their badges and two-way radios. Volunteers and conference staff will be located in all areas of the hotel. When in doubt, the volunteers located at our information desk (located in the break room on the top floor of the Lake Building) will always be able to contact a member of senior staff for you. The hotel desk will also be able to help contact a senior staff member.
Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference.
We value your attendance. We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.
Safe Space Doctrine
The West Wing Weekend will be an official “Safe Space”, free from bullying and intolerance. A Safe Space is “a place where anyone can relax and be fully self-expressed, without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or unsafe on account of biological sex, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, cultural background, age, or physical or mental ability; a place where the rules guard each person's self-respect and dignity and strongly encourage everyone to respect others.—Advocates for Youth”.
In addition to being a Safe Place for our LGBTA community, our Safe Space will also double up as a Anti-Bullying initiative, being a place that is free of hate speech, judgment, and intolerance.
Our Safe Space policy is derived, with permission from Shuto Con (http://shutocon.com/safespace.html)