Anti-Harassment Policy

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Steel Media is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference 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 festival participants in any form. Festival participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the festival at the discretion of the festival organizers.

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, religion.
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
Exhibitors in the exhibition areas, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment.
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 festival.
Event staff 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.
Where refusal or ejection has been necessary Steel Media will not be liable for full or partial refunds of any entrance fees, sponsorship or received payments of a similar nature and under no circumstances will Steel Media be held liable for any consequential loss.

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want all delegates to be happy and comfortable at our event.
You can make a report either personally or anonymously.

Anonymous Report

Where we receive notification of a harrassment claim that is anonymous, we can’t follow up any anonymous report directly, but we will fully investigate it and take further action as necessary to prevent a recurrence.

Personal Report

You can make a personal report by contacting a staff member, identified by STAFF badges, buttons, or shirts.
When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff 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 unless we are legally required to do so.
Our team will help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts and, if necessary, assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Important Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Registered address: Steel Media Ltd, The House, Kelston Park, Bath, BA1 9AE, UK