HARASSMENT POLICY:
(copied from ALL-CON.com with permission from ALL-CON LLC)

We value your safety and take pride in ALL-CON being a safe place where everybody is welcome and anybody can be whomever they desire. As such, certain kinds of offensive or harassing behavior will not be tolerated. To the best of our ability, we intend to eliminate inappropriate conduct from the convention.


Harassment can include:


  • Physically or verbally threatening

  • Annoying

  • Unwelcome attentions

  • Stalking

  • Pushing

  • Shoving

  • Use of physical force which in any way create a disturbance that is disruptive or dangerous

  • Any boisterous, lewd, or generally offensive behavior or language

  • Using sexually explicit or offensive language or conduct

  • Profanity or obscene gestures

  • Racial, religious, or ethnic slurs

  • If people tell you NO, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with such people, you may be removed from the premises and your membership revoked without refund.

    Remember: "No" means no. "Stop" means stop. "Go away" means go away.


    COSTUMING IS NOT CONSENT.


    The convention has taken steps to make it easier to report instances of harassing behavior. It is very important that if you are being harassed or are in any way endangered, you report it immediately. We cannot address anything that we are not made aware of, and we need whatever details can be provided, such as names, clothes, or other descriptive information.

    If you feel you have been harassed, please find the nearest convention or hotel staff member. They will direct you, or call for security to come and meet you.

    If, at any time, you feel that your personal safety or the safety of others is in jeopardy, please contact the Police Department in an emergency via 9-1-1.


    Code of Conduct
    If something you have done or said has inadvertently offended somebody, the best practice is to genuinely apologize for the offense and then walk away from the situation. Prolonged explanations frequently lead to worsening conditions. "I'm sorry I offended you" sums it up nicely and gives you a graceful line to leave on. Best of all, everybody's dignity is left intact.

    Likewise, if somebody offers you a heartfelt apology and walks away, don't shout after or pursue them, or else you may inadvertently become the harasser after their indiscretion. Accept their apology and continue on with what you were doing.

    *Apologizing does not excuse a person from the policy on harassment. It is just an important step to help to prevent the need for Convention / Security intervention in cases of genuine accidental offenses.