Harassment Policy

Pure Speculation Festival Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy

Our Policy:

Every Pure Speculation Festival Society event, including this festival, must be a place where all attendees feel safe and respected.

We will not tolerate harassment in any form. It is every attendee’s, guest’s, and participant’s right to an experience free from harassment or the fear of harassment, regardless of race or ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, body size, sexual orientation, disability, or age.

Anyone found to be causing harassment may be sanctioned and/or banned outright from this and all future Pure Speculation Festival Society events. We reserve the right to take any actions we deem necessary to ensure our events have a welcoming environment.

We take every report of harassment extremely seriously.

Harassment can include, but not be limited to:

  • Verbal, written, or social media comments that offend, intimidate, embarrass or demean, including those that reinforce social structures of prejudice or domination regarding race or ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, physical appearance, body size, sexual orientation, disability, or age
  • Stalking or unwelcome attention, either in person or through an online medium
  • Unwanted or inappropriate physical contact or sexual attention
  • Photography and recording without consent, or the manipulation of photographs or recordings made with the intention to offend, intimidate, embarrass, or demean
  • Any other behaviour designed to disrupt the festival or an attendee’s enjoyment of the festival.

Reporting and Enforcement:

If anyone, regardless of who they are, makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it to Registration, or any of our festival staff or volunteers as soon as you are able. We will make available channels through which you can report either personally or anonymously and we will take every report extremely seriously, in confidence and with the utmost respect. We will not ask that you confront anyone.

Guidelines for Good Conduct:

We expect the conduct and treatment at our events to resemble the very best conduct seen anywhere else and we do not think it will get in anyone’s way of participating and enjoying themselves. Nevertheless, for clarity and for everyone’s comfort, you should always:

  • Be sure you have a person’s consent before you photograph or record them.
  • Be respectful of other people’s personal space and physical comfort. This includes ensuring you have their consent to embrace them.
  • Be respectful in all forums and discussions, but particularly those that may relate to issues of discrimination or representation. It is your responsibility to participate in such things in a respectful manner and be considerate of all attendees.
  • Bear in mind that anyone on their way to an event or presentation, already engaged in an activity, or even just eating, may be indisposed! Approaching them, making a request or starting a conversation may give the impression to others that they are free to socialise and encourage more interactions that further detract from what they were doing! We recommend approaching guests and event participants in contexts where they are clearly available.

This document is inspired by and draws upon conduct codes from the  Geek Feminism Wiki