ANTI-HARASSMENT POLICY


SoPlace Secretariat is dedicated to providing an enjoyable, respectful and harassment-free event experience for everyone regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any venue, including talks.

SoPlace Secretariat do not tolerate harassment of delegates in any form and we expect all delegates to conduct themselves in a professional and appropriate manner. Delegates violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the SoPlace Summit, without a refund, at the discretion of the SoPlace Secretariat.

Harassment includes 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, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.

Delegates asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.

Exhibitors, sponsors, partners or booth staffs at the SoPlace Nexus, or similar activities are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualised clothing / uniforms / costumes, or otherwise create a sexualised environment.

If a delegate engages in harassing behaviour, the SoPlace Secretariat may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the SoPlace Summit with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact an authorised personnel of SoPlace Secretariat immediately.

We expect delegates to follow these rules at all venues and related social networking events.

EMERGENCY CONTACT DETAILS


We have volunteers onsite, many of whom are women and are clearly identifiable by their volunteer t-shirts. They have been briefed to immediately escalate incidents to their team leads, who will in turn escalate to the venue co-ordinator, who will then liaise with medical or security staff, or Police, where required. Additionally, there are easily identifiable security staff, throughout the summit venue, who are professionally trained according to best practices for events of this size and nature.