policies

Hovergarden want you to feel safe and be safe at our events. The most important thing we want you to know is that if something or someone makes you feel uncomfortable at our events, no matter how minor it seems, you can report it to us.

Harassment of event participants, staff or volunteers at Hovergarden events will not be tolerated and anyone violating this policy at our events may be expelled.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments or attitudes related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion; deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of the event, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Please know that the Hovergarden team view neither ignorance or intoxication as an excuse for unacceptable behaviour.

If anyone engages in harassing behaviour towards you, the Hovergarden team will take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. If you feel you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the Hovergarden team (visibly wearing Hovergarden lanyards) at the event immediately.

The Hovergarden team will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event.

Whilst we would like to feel that we offer an environment in which you can voice concerns about incidents as and when they happen, we also welcome you to reach out to us to inform us of past harassment or incidents related to our events which made you feel uncomfortable or unsafe.

Hovergarden also accept that we are not above our own policies so please know all of the above applies to all members of the Hovergarden team in equal measure. Furthermore if there are ever any aspects of our events including our communication, artwork, performances, game selection, event partners which you feel is offensive or makes you uncomfortable please inform us.

You can reach us at hello@hovergarden.org

All communication related to this policy will be dealt with in confidence.

This policy was adapted from The Wild Rumpus, which was also adapted from a policy template provided by Geek Feminism which is available at http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_anti-harassment/Policy