Code of Conduct

CoNZealand Code of Conduct

CoNZealand welcomes all fans and is committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all. To ensure this, we ask all members to be mindful of others and to alert staff or volunteers to any dangerous situations or individuals in distress.

Assault and harassment are both grounds for removal. Assault is any unwanted or threatening physical contact, and harassment is any unwanted or threatening presence or verbal or written contact.

Unacceptable behaviour also includes advocating for or encouraging harassing behaviours, as well as falsely accusing others of these behaviours.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately and not to resume.

This is a living document and will be updated as required to ensure safe, positive experiences for everyone. 

You can read the full code of conduct below.

 

Full CoNZealand Code of Conduct

Purpose

CoNZealand welcomes all of the many facets of fandom. Our mutual experience is enriched by the participation of fans with varied and diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all.

Fandom Citizenship

Members are encouraged to recognize the relationships between their actions and the effects those actions have on our community. Communities mirror the societies in which they exist and positive action is essential to counteract the inequalities that exists in today’s society. Keeping our community welcoming contributes to its health and longevity. 

Please be mindful of your surroundings and the people around you. Alert staff or volunteers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress. If you see someone who is making an extra effort to ensure our community is welcoming and friendly to all, please let us know.

Unacceptable Behaviour

There is a wide range of unacceptable behaviour, and listing specific actions is not practical. Assault and harassment or the encouragement thereof are unacceptable. Assault is any unwanted or threatening physical contact, and harassment is any unwanted or threatening presence, or verbal or written contact.

Harassment can include offensive comments related to appearance (e.g. race, size) or personal identifiers (e.g. gay, genderqueer), deliberate intimidation, following, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Unacceptable behaviour also includes advocating for or encouraging harassing behaviours, as well as falsely accusing others of these behaviours.

Reporting 

Reporting unacceptable behaviour can be upsetting. We will  handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You will not be asked to confront anyone and anonymity requests will be respected.

If you are subject to unacceptable behaviour or notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behaviour and you feel comfortable making the request,  please ask the person in question to stop if it is safe to do so. If you do not want to speak to the harasser directly, or have any other concerns, please visit or email our Listeners (listeners@conzealand.nz) or Ombuds (ombuds@conzealand.nz) who will take a report and work towards resolution.

All accused parties will have the opportunity to give their side of the story, either with or without the complainant present, as preferred by both parties.

Reports are taken very seriously. We reserve the right to revoke a membership at our discretion at any time. We will act upon every report received and will attempt to mediate a solution. We are also happy to help contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, or otherwise help those experiencing unacceptable behaviour feel safe. 

Consequences 

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behaviour is expected to comply immediately.

If a member engages in unacceptable behaviour, CoNZealand retains the right to take any actions they deem appropriate to maintain a welcoming environment for all, up to and including expulsion without warning or refund. Police will be notified if appropriate. 

Addressing Grievances

If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Code of Conduct, you should notify SFFCONZ (Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions of New Zealand) with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled by the Council of SFFCONZ in accordance with their constitution.

Scope

We expect all participants (members, volunteers, guests, and vendors) to abide by this Code of Conduct in all CoNZealand venues—online and in-person—as well as in all one-on-one communications pertaining to CoNZealand business.

License and Attribution

This Code of Conduct is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution—ShareAlike license. Portions of text derived from the Django Code of Conduct, the Geek Feminism Anti-Harassment Policy, Open Source Bridge, Dublin 2019 Code of Conduct.