Anti-Harassment Policy

NSS Convention 2018

July 30th - August 3rd

Helena, Montana


NSS Convention 2018 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, national origin, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of Convention participants in any form. Convention attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from Convention at the discretion of the Convention staff.

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].
-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 behavior
-Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, Convention staff 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 Convention [with no refund].

Convention 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. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities too!

Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Ask for the Convention Chair [Doug Warner] at the registration table, security tent, or any location where Convention staff is present. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of Convention for everyone.  

When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other Convention 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.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Contacts:

Convention Staff
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Helena Police Department, Phone
(406) 442-3233Helena Friendship Center

24-Hour Crisis Line: (406) 459-3254

Montana Legal Services Association
Office: (406) 442-9830

***If it is an emergency, please call 911!***

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