Code of Conduct & Anti-harassment Policy



Rarely Impossible is dedicated in providing a harassment-free events for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of attendees in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any event, including talks. Attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the organizers.

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.

  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour



Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Speakers, sponsors, or similar are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. Speakers should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Sponsors, volunteers and speakers should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

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 act 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!



Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Event staff can be identified by special badges. 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.



Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here

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.



Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

Calling or messaging this phone number: 01202 611 191. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event.

Contacting a staff member, identified by Staff badges.

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 hotel/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 protected]

Rarely Impossible
Bourne House
23 Hinton Road
Bournemouth
BH1 2EF

01202 611 191

Original source and credit: Geek Feminism Wiki & Conference Code of Conduct