Sample Safer Space Policy

January 30, 2017

The organizers of this event are dedicated to providing a harassment-free event experience for everyone, regardless of race, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, religion, or marital status.

Make no assumptions. When working with people, do not assume you know their sexual orientation or gender identity. Don’t assume that everyone is heterosexual or fits your idea of gender roles. Use inclusive language. Through conversation and during workshops and trainings, make sure the language you are using is inclusive of all people. When referring to people in general, use words like “partner” instead of “boyfriend/girlfriend” or “husband/wife,” and avoid gendered pronouns, using “they” instead of “he/ she” unless they have explicitly stated their preferred gender pronoun.

Harassment includes offensive comments related to any protected personal characteristic, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. This applies to everyone, including event staff and sponsors.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the event organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of event staff immediately. Event staff will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safer for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

[Contact information for event staff, local law enforcement, local sexual assault hotline, emergency and non-emergency medical resources, taxi companies, etc.]