Feb 23

Harassment Policy

CostumeCon 33′s harassment policy can be found on the main menu.

Or read it here.

CostumeCon 33 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience 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 convention participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers.

Harassment is generally defined as a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety. Harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and/or uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a physically or mentally hostile environment for the victim. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome or inappropriate verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion; inappropriate sexual images in public spaces which may include items on display by vendors or at fan tables, or items displayed during a talk; visual insults such as derogatory posters or cartoons; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, and/or unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

This policy applies to all participants at the convention, including but not limited to members, panelists, guests, exhibitors at fan tables, vendors, as well as convention and venue staff.

We value your attendance. Convention staff will be happy to assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the convention. This may include taking a report with or without further action as requested by the person giving the report, providing escorts, speaking to exhibitors or other public persons, contacting hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, or further steps as necessary.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the convention organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion of the offender from the convention 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 convention staff immediately. Convention staff can be identified by special badges or ribbons. Convention security can be identified by a ribbon stating “Security”; Convention Committee members have a ribbon stating “Committee”.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all convention venues and convention-related social events.