Tentacle Zone Event anti-harassment policy

Our Policy

The Tentacle Zone is dedicated to providing a harassment-free event 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 event attendees in any form. 

Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any of our events.

Event attendees violating these rules will be asked to leave at the discretion of the event organisers. Our anti-harassment policy can be found below

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, and 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.

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 immediate 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 attendees to follow these rules at all times.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Tentacle Zone event staff can be identified by green lanyards. 

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. 

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:

  • Contacting a staff member, who can be identified as individuals wearing green lanyards.
  • You can also email the Tentacle Zone Program Director on [email protected]

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 local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment:

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers.