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Code of Conduct

Inconceivable Events is committed to the work of making and inclusive and accessible con space. We understand that no con space can be truly inclusive or accessible while tolerating harassment, bullying, or other harmful behaviours. For this reason, we require all attendees to agree to abide by a code of conduct when in con spaces:

  1. Attendees must be identifiable to staff and fellow attendees at all times. Your username in virtual con spaces should match your registration. Misrepresenting your identity and/or impersonating fellow attendees or other individuals is strictly prohibited.

  2. Attendees are required to behave respectfully toward one another throughout the con. This includes, but is not limited to, addressing people by their provided names and pronouns, respecting any socialization preferences, boundaries, and triggers indicated to you and at all times remembering that behind every pseudonym or username is a person with feelings, needs, and perspectives that may vary from your own.

  3. All con attendees, volunteers and staff share in the responsibility of making con spaces welcoming and inclusive. Our behaviour toward one another is a central piece of what makes a space safe or unsafe, particularly for attendees with marginalised identities. Deliberately harmful behaviour - threats, intimidation, stalking, bullying, or any act done with ill intent - is prohibited. Individual remarks or patterns of behaviour that are biased against specific attendees or specific identities, sustained unwelcome attention, and micro-aggressions can be just as harmful as intentionally malicious behaviour, and will be treated like any other code of conduct violation, with consequences depending on the severity of the incident.

  4. Attendees must be conscientious of others when participating in shared spaces. Be aware of how much space you take up in the room; if yours is the most frequent heard voice in conversation, it may be time to give the floor to someone who hasn't had a chance to speak yet. When you are in chat rooms and panel discussions, remember there is a line between disagreement and hostility; differences of opinion are okay, but harmful behaviours are not.  If a space is not for you - such as a chat room centred on a specific identity you do not share - refrain from entering or interacting in that space.

  5. Attendees must refrain from recording, screen-shotting or otherwise reproducing the likeness and remarks of other attendees without their permission, or recording/copying con chats or other con spaces. Paraphrased con reports are fine; posting chat transcripts is not. Always ask before attributing a quote on a con report, on social media, or in any other forum, and never post pictures of other attendees without permission.

Reporting Harmful Behaviour

Code of contact violations prior to the virtual con can be reported by emailing info@inconceivableevents.com.au. During the con weekend, members of the safety team can also be contacted on Discord.

Reports must be made in good faith. Any bad faith reports made with intent to use the code of conduct to harass, silence, or otherwise harm individuals will be treated as code of conduct violations.

How Reports Are Acted Upon

The safety team will look into all reports. The full details of reports and the identities of individuals who have made reports will be kept confidential, viewable only by staff and volunteers of Inconceivable Events' safety team.  Non-identifying details may be shared as necessary with other Inconceivable Events staff members and volunteers so that appropriate measures can be taken to ensure the safety of con attendees.

Depending on the severity of the incident, repeated offences, and other factors, Inconceivable Events may choose to issue to issue a warning to the individual(s) in question, to terminate their attendance from the current con and remove them from con spaces, or to issue a permanent ban on con participation.

In situations where immediate action is required as events are unfolding, the con staff/volunteer member(s) first notified and/or first to respond to the situation are permitted to immediately eject individuals from con spaces for the safety of all involved. In these cases, the safety team will follow up afterwards to make determinations as to whether to allow individuals back into con spaces or to issue temporary or permanent bans.