In an ideal world, no further code of conduct would be necessary for ZOE events and communities other than “Be Excellent Unto One Another.” Unfortunately, the world we live in is not ideal, and misunderstandings and abuses of power do happen.
In the interests of preventing as many of those as possible, and providing an avenue of redress for the rest, ZOE offers the following SAFE SPACE POLICY and CODE OF CONDUCT for all members.
SAFE SPACE POLICY
ZOE has ZERO TOLERANCE for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
- Offensive verbal comments
- Physical assault and/or battery
- Harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
- Sustained disruption of panels, signings, and other events
- Bathroom policing
- Inappropriate physical contact
- Unwelcome attention, physical or otherwise
in relation to, but not limited to:
- National origin
- Gender identity
- Gender presentation
- Sexual orientation
- Body size
To report an incident speak with any ZOE administrator, including especially Elizabeth Heile, Chris Ode, and Ben Dobyns.
If a person engages in harassing behavior, ZOE staff will take prompt action in any form they deem appropriate, including expulsion from ZOE events or communities with no refund. Our policy applies to EVERYONE at events, in our online communities, or any space that we administrate. Everyone is subject to our Anti-Harassment Policy.
Anyone can report harassment. If someone’s behavior has made you uncomfortable, or if you witness the same happening to someone else, you should immediately contact ZOE staff.
If necessary, we will contact local law enforcement, provide escort, offer a safe place, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to make sure they feel safe for the rest of ZOECon.
Remember: Cosplay is not consent. Keep your hands to yourself. If you would like to take a picture with or of another ZOECon participant, always ask first and respect that person’s right to say no. When at ZOECon, be respectful, be nice, be cool and be kind to each other.
We want you to not only have the most amazing weekend ever, but to experience it in an environment where you are safe and accepted. As fans ourselves, we understand the importance of creating a safe space for everyone who attends ZOECon.
A NOTE ON TOLERANCE
Tolerance for each other is based on a mutual social contract to live and let live. Participation in ZOE events is open to anyone who can participate in that social contract. Harassment, hate speech, and other actions which undermine our social contract are acts which exclude those committing them from the benefits of the social contract and will not be tolerated. (See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_of_tolerance)
ZOECON CODE OF CONDUCT
1) We are here to talk about and enjoy a shared passion for ZOE and DG projects and community. The many different backgrounds and life experiences that we bring with us help make the conversation rich. Unfortunately, sometimes they can also cause conflict between people, which may be intentional (though we hope not!), or accidental, or obvious, or one-sided.
2) Please respect the personal space, belongings, physical comfort levels, right to express a different viewpoint from yours, and state of mind of your fellow members. This does not mean you are responsible for reading minds. It does mean being alert to verbal and non-verbal signals that you may be encroaching upon someone else’s physical or emotional space. These may include but are not limited to requests to stop doing what you are doing, body language, physical shielding of the body with hands or objects, pushing away or stepping away from an unwanted touch, attempts to leave, and so forth. Please remember that somebody who is uncomfortable with a situation may soft-peddle their refusal or say “No” in a joking fashion in an attempt to defuse. If you are unclear on whether they mean it, the appropriate behavior is to stop what you are doing and ask.
3) All laws and statutes of the State of Washington and the United States of America remain in application throughout the duration of the con, and everybody expects everybody else to refrain from criminal conduct.
4) ZOECon is a member event. Please wear your badge at all times during the convention.
5) Please treat the hotel staff and property with respect. If you make a mess, clean it up. Members are liable for any damages they cause. Please respect the hotel’s rules with regard to pets, weapons, smoking, and so forth.
6) If you feel you have been the victim of harassment, stalking, or other inappropriate behavior, there are a number of forms of redress immediately available to you.
If you feel comfortable doing so, you or a friend can point out the inappropriate interaction to the person performing it. Often this will solve the problem immediately.
You are always free to walk away from an inappropriate or uncomfortable interaction. Should the person who you are attempting to avoid pursue you, that becomes harassment. If you have told someone that you are offended by their actions and they continue the behavior, that becomes harassment.
If you do not feel comfortable talking with the individuals involved, or if talking to them once does not work, immediately report the situation to any ZOECon staff member. If possible provide the badge name and a physical description of the person or persons involved.
If you feel that you have been a victim of criminal conduct, notify the local police immediately, and if necessary, seek medical attention. Please contact a ZOE administrator or the hotel staff if you need help in obtaining emergency services.
Remember, a problem cannot be addressed if it isn’t reported.
The ZOECon administration reserves the right to administer disciplinary action to those found in violation of this code of conduct ranging from mediation or a verbal warning up to and including revoking memberships and/or a lifetime ban. The administration will maintain confidentiality on the matter.
7) Abuse of this Code is a form of inappropriate behavior. Do not use this Code to pursue a vendetta or to bully anyone.
8) By registering for ZOECon, you agree that you have read this Code and intend to honor it.
9) The ZOECon administration reserves the right to recognize violations of this code that may occur outside the bounds of 4th Street itself. In particular, actions taken by other conventions with similar codes of conduct will be noted and may result in preemptive decisions.