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Starting with Expo 2018, Icrontic is putting on its grownup pants and publishing a code of conduct. Please read it, because your presence at our events is 100% subject to it. Also it's quite short. I based this on the excellent template at confcodeofconduct.com with a few minor modifications; it shouldn't be anything unexpected from normally functioning human adult relationships.
The main point I want to make is how important it is to involve Brian and/or myself in all complaints immediately. While we enlist an army of volunteers (including our wonderful spouses) it is our responsibility to address any issues if they arise and we cannot take action if it is not reported.
The secondary point I want to make is that this is not some sort of new Icrontic chastity policy. We're grownups, and grownup stuff can happen at our events. The point is that no one is harassed or compelled to participate in anything that makes them uncomfortable. And if something bad happens, there needs to be clear communication and recourse.
Let's do the full text of the policy, and then follow up with some VERY FUN EXAMPLES below.
Icrontic Event Code of Conduct
All attendees, event-runners, sponsors and volunteers at our events are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Icrontic's owners (Brian and Lincoln) will enforce this code throughout all events. We expect cooperation from all participants to help ensure a safe environment for everybody.
Our events are dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of event participants in any form. Event participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event without a refund at the discretion of the owners.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of games or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the owners 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 one or both owners immediately, preferably by their shared email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via private message to both on Icrontic.com. No one else is authorized to act on their behalf without explicit permission on a case-by-case basis.
The owners or their designee 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 event. We value your attendance.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all scheduled off-site venues in addition to ICHQ.
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