BarCamp Manchester 9

Code of Conduct

BarCamp Manchester is dedicated to providing a harassment-free unconference 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 unconference participants in any form. Unconference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the unconference at the discretion of the BarCamp Manchester volunteers.

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 or religion.
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Persistent uninvited criticism of a talk or a BarCamp volunteer
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Sponsors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy.

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 expulsion from the unconference.

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 participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. BarCamp volunteers can be identified by their name badge and will be introduced in the plenary sessions.

Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report by:

  • In the first instance, contacting Chris Northwood at chris@barcampmanchester.co.uk, or by calling or messaging 07880862720.
  • In the event that it is not appropriate to report this to Chris, please contact a volunteer on the ground, or use the contact form on the Eventbrite page.

Contacting a volunteer in person at the event.

When taking a report, our volunteers will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other volunteers 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 volunteers will be happy to help you contact security, police, local support services, accompany you if needed, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

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