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AFKCON Code of Conduct

2016 Edition

GENERAL:

AFKCON Attendees are expected to follow the teachings of Bill and Ted: Be excellent to each other. To make this con the best experience it can be for everyone involved, we ask that everyone adhere to basic rules of decency.

Make your interactions with others consent-based. This means that you shouldn’t assume that a person’s presence is also consent to physical contact, conversation, and other interaction. Please don’t touch people without consent, including their hair and clothing, and end your interaction with them as soon as they’ve indicated they want you to stop. That’s all.

AFKCON is a pro-diversity, trans-friendly, inclusive space.




HARASSMENT:

AFKCON is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We will not tolerate harassment of staff, volunteers, or participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all AFKCON spaces online and off. This includes our Twitter feed, website comments, and Google Hangouts. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the AFKCON Founders.

Some AFKCON spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

See below for more information on understanding and reporting harassment (AFKCON HARASSMENT POLICY).




DIS/ABILITY AND HEALTH ACCOMMODATIONS:

To the best of our ability, AFKCON is a scent-free event. We ask that participants limit use of perfumes and other scented products while still maintaining basic hygiene. Smokers are asked to take steps to limit tobacco or cannabis smoke on their person before taking part in events. Users of e-cigarettes are asked to limit use to areas away from con space or events.

If participants require any other specific accommodation for dis/abilities, please contact the AFKCON Board so that we can help you out.




PHOTOGRAPHY AND SOCIAL MEDIA:

Please do not photograph participants or staff without their consent. Appearing in public, even as an event runner, is not consent to being photographed or discussed on social media.

Some people curtail their social activities for exactly this reason: they’re afraid of being photographed and, worse, having that photograph distributed. As such, we also suggest that you get consent from subjects to post photographs you have taken.

Make sure that if and when you do refer to someone on social media that they’re comfortable with being referenced in that context and by that name. People often keep their ‘identities’ separate for good reason, including the need to stay safe.

For some participants, especially trans and gender nonconforming people, simply showing up at an event means placing a great deal of trust in their fellow attendees. We hope that everyone at AFKCON will prove worthy of that act of trust and get consent from others for photographs or discussion of them in online and offline spaces.




AFKCON HARASSMENT POLICY:

AFKCON is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We will not tolerate harassment of staff, volunteers, or participants in any form.

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

This code of conduct applies to all AFKCON spaces online and off. This includes our Twitter feed, website comments, and Google Hangouts. Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the AFKCON Founders.

Some AFKCON spaces may have additional rules in place, which will be made clearly available to participants. Participants are responsible for knowing and abiding by these rules.

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, mental illness, neuro(a)typicality, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion

  • Unwelcome comments regarding a person’s lifestyle choices and practices, including those related to food, health, parenting, drugs, and employment.

  • Deliberate misgendering or use of ‘dead’ or rejected names

  • Gratuitous or off-topic sexual images or behaviour in spaces where they’re not appropriate

  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (e.g. textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.

  • Threats of violence

  • Incitement of violence towards any individual, including encouraging a person to commit suicide or to engage in self-harm

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Stalking or following

  • Harassing photography or recording, including logging online activity for harassment purposes

  • Sustained disruption of discussion

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Pattern of inappropriate social contact, such as requesting/assuming inappropriate levels of intimacy with others

  • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease

  • Deliberate “outing” of any aspect of a person’s identity without their consent except as necessary to protect vulnerable people from intentional abuse

  • Publication of non-harassing private communication

AFKCON prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. AFKCON’s Board will not act on complaints regarding:

  • ‘Reverse’ -isms, including ‘reverse racism,’ ‘reverse sexism,’ and ‘cisphobia’

  • Reasonable communication of boundaries, such as “leave me alone,” “go away,” or “I’m not discussing this with you.”

  • Communicating in a ‘tone’ you don’t find congenial

  • Criticizing racist, sexist, cissexist, or otherwise oppressive behavior or assumptions


HARASSMENT REPORTING AND RESPONSE:

If you are being harassed by a participant in or member of of AFKCON, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact the AFKCON Board  onsite and at <weareafkcom@gmail.com>. If the person who is harassing you is on the team, they will recuse themselves from handling your incident. We will respond as promptly as we can.

This code of conduct applies to AFKCON spaces, but if you are being harassed by a member of AFKCON outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by AFKCON members and participants, especially the AFKCON Board and Staff, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time. The abuse team reserves the right to exclude people from AFKCON based on their past behavior, including behavior outside AFKCON spaces and behavior towards people who are not in AFKCON.

In order to protect Volunteers from abuse and burnout, we reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. Reports intended to silence legitimate criticism may be deleted without response.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. At our discretion, we may publicly name a person about whom we’ve received harassment complaints, or privately warn third parties about them, if we believe that doing so will increase the safety of AFKCON members or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Bystander intervention:

There is a great deal of emphasis in the media lately about bystander intervention. At AFKCON we do not endorse bystander intervention as con policy or as a complete solution. Please use your own discretion when opting whether or not to intervene in an uncomfortable situation. Don’t hesitate to bring your concerns to con or hotel staff. In the event that you believe you are witnessing a crime, please keep yourself safe and consider contacting the authorities by calling 911 as soon as possible.

Consequences:

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the AFKCON Board may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all AFKCON spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other AFKCON members or the general public.