Anti-Harassment Policy

FresCon is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.

This code of conduct applies to all FresCon spaces, including our Vendor area, Masquerade, gaming and panel rooms, etc., both online and off.  Anyone who violates this code of conduct may be sanctioned or expelled from these spaces at the discretion of the Pick Your Potion Club officers.

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 behavior  in spaces where they’re not appropriate
  • Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, 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

 

FresCon prioritizes marginalized people’s safety over privileged people’s comfort. The Pick Your Potion Club 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


Reporting

If you are being harassed by an attendee of FresCon, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a volunteer in the official FresCon shirts or by emailing FresnoStateCon@gmail.com.  We will be monitoring this email throughout the convention.

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 FresCon spaces, but if you are being harassed by attendees of FresCon outside our spaces, we still want to know about it. We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by FresCon attendees, especially the Pick Your Potion club, seriously. This includes harassment outside our spaces and harassment that took place at any point in time.

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 FresCon attendeess or the general public. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.


Consequences

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

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the Pick Your Potion club may take any action they deem appropriate, up to and including expulsion from all FresCon spaces and identification of the participant as a harasser to other FresCon attendees or the general public.

 

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Geek Feminism community. http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Community_anti-harassment:

 The policy is based on the conference anti-harassment policy, and is the work of Annalee Flower with assistance from Valerie Aurora, Alex Skud Bayley, Tim Chevalier, and Mary Gardiner.