Follycon aims to be a safe place for the enjoyment of all of our members. Different people will have a different view on what being a safe place means. To be clear, please be aware of this code of conduct when interacting with others at the convention.
Please be considerate of everyone attending or helping at the convention, including committee, staff, volunteers and guests, as well as hotel staff and anyone else on site. Harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. In particular, we will not tolerate discrimination, harassment or abuse, including online publication or other display, for any reason including but not restricted to grounds of sex, gender identity, sexuality, age, ethnicity, religion or beliefs, mental or physical disability, or appearance. If someone tells you “No”, or asks you to leave them alone, please respect their wishes. All of the convention online activity is moderated and this code also applies there.
Reporting an Incident
There will be designated staff to deal with complaints. Please contact them as soon as you can if a situation arises. The complaint will be heard, in confidence, in a private place, and an appropriate response agreed upon with the complainant. A dedicated phone number is available to contact designated staff members: 07514 867770. See pages 3 and 4 (“Questions and Problems”) for more details of how to report an incident.
If you report a serious criminal matter, please be aware that we may be obliged to contact the police. We would, however, take into account any concerns you may have around involving them. We will consult you before any action is taken.
You can also report incidents to Ops, who will contact the appropriate member of staff for you.
As a committee, we reserve the right to take such actions as we feel appropriate where any individual or group is found to have breached this Code of Conduct. These actions may include but are not limited to:
- talking with all parties involved and attempting to mediate a solution
- issuing verbal warnings
- revoking memberships and requiring that the person(s) leave the event
- involving hotel or facility staff, security or police
Although we consider our members and attendees to be sensible and responsible people, we recognise that issues related to this Code may still arise. We will deal with any issues as promptly, efficiently, and fairly as possible, maintaining confidentiality at all times.
The standard of judgement in these matters is the “reasonable person” standard as applied by the designated committee members. Attempts to “rules lawyer” the Code of Conduct will be seen as a sign of bad faith.