We are endeavoring to make ConGregate a safe place for all fans to gather. Even so, certain types of inappropriate, offensive or harassing behavior can be found at public places across the world. To the best of our ability, we want to prevent inappropriate conduct during the convention.
It is very important that if you are being harassed, or in any way feel endangered, that you report it immediately. For the convention to be able to address issues, it is important that we be made aware of, with as many details as can be provided (names, badge numbers, descriptive information, etc.), any situation that might occur.
If you feel you have been harassed, please find the nearest convention volunteer and ask to be directed to the Convention Chairman or Vice Chair. During convention hours, you should be able to locate a staff member at the con registration table, or in the convention pre-function space outside of the Queen Anne Ballroom.
Additionally, if you see someone harassed, we encourage you to speak up and say something. As a community, fandom needs to work together to make sure everyone is treated with respect.
Once a complaint of discriminatory harassment has been filed, an investigation will be conducted. The nature and extent of the investigation will depend upon the complaint. The convention will respect the wishes of the person reporting the harassment in further steps. A convention participant who it is determined to have committed harassment or who fails to cooperate with an investigation may be sanctioned or asked to leave the convention without a refund at the discretion of the con organizers. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Actions taken by the con staff are separate and distinct from any legal action and do not, in fact, preclude legal consequences from happening.
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Definition of Harassment - to create an unpleasant or hostile situation, especially by uninvited and unwelcome verbal or physical conduct
Types of harassment include but are not limited to: physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate or unwelcome physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention, negative comments regarding gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion.