ReFig:Network in Play is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone.
It is important to have a code of conduct to ensure that events are inclusive, and provide a good experience for everyone involved. It provides clear guidelines to both attendees and facilitators in case something does arise (which we hope doesn’t).
Although this list cannot be exhaustive, we explicitly honour diversity in age, culture, ethnicity, genotype, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, neurotype, phenotype, political beliefs, profession, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and subculture.
We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form, and we endeavour to provide a safe space for those who are typically marginalized or excluded.
Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
*Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion.
*Discouraging others from participating in any activity based upon the individual’s perceived gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion, or perceived level of ability, knowledge, or skill.
*Sexual images in public spaces. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any events venue, including presentations.
*Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
*Harassing photography or recording. Please ask for permission to photograph events esp. attendees.
*Sustained disruption of talks or other events
*Inappropriate physical contact
*Unwelcome sexual attention
*Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour
If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible.
Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event.
People like you make our event a better place.
You can make a report either personally or anonymously.
You can make an anonymous report here: https://goo.gl/0MyN5u
We can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.
You can make a personal report by:
*Calling or messaging the phone number given at the beginning of the event
*This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.
*Contacting a staff member.
When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are.
Our team will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.
*Email address for organisers: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Emergency services – 112 or 999
Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event.
Event organisers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!
This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.
It is also informed by the ReFig Safer Spaces Policy. See here.