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Instructions for staff

These are guidelines for what to do to enforce the anti-harassment policy, and should be shared with GDG leadership and all event staff/volunteers.

Warnings

Any member of conference staff can issue a verbal warning to a participant that their behavior violates the conference's anti-harassment policy. Warnings should be reported to [insert email address/phone number/etc. of GDG/event leadership here] as soon as practical. The report should include:

  • Identifying information (name/badge number) of the participant
  • The time you issued the warning
  • The behavior that was in violation
  • The approximate time of the behavior (if different than the time of warning)
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Your identity with contact info
  • Other people involved in the incident, such as witnesses, etc

Presentations

Presentations or similar events should not be stopped for one-time gaffes or minor problems, although a member of conference staff should speak to the presenter afterward. However, staff should take immediate action to politely and calmly stop any presentation or event that repeatedly or seriously violates the anti-harassment policy. For example, simply say "I'm sorry, this presentation cannot be continued at the present time" with no further explanation.

Taking reports

When taking a report from someone experiencing harassment you should record what they say and reassure them they are being taken seriously, but avoid making specific promises about what actions the organizers will take. Ask for any other information if the reporter has not volunteered it (such as time, place) but do not pressure them to provide it if they are reluctant. Even if the report lacks important details such as the identity of the person taking the harassing actions, it should still be recorded and passed along to the appropriate staff member(s). If the reporter desires it, arrange for an escort by conference staff or a trusted person, contact a friend, and/or contact local law enforcement. Do not pressure the reporter to take any action if they do not want to do it. Respect the reporter's privacy by not sharing unnecessary details with others, especially individuals who were not involved with the situation or non-staff members.

The report should include:

  • Identifying information (name/badge number) of the participant
  • The time you issued the warning
  • The behavior that was in violation
  • The approximate time of the behavior (if different than the time of warning)
  • The circumstances surrounding the incident
  • Your identity with contact info
  • Other people involved in the incident, such as witnesses, etc

Expulsion

A participant may be expelled by the decision of any of the GDG/event leadership for whatever reasons they deem sufficient. However, here are some general guidelines for when a participant should be expelled:

  • A [first/second/third/seventeenth] offense resulting in a warning from staff
  • Continuing to harass after any "No" or "Stop" instruction
  • A pattern of harassing behavior, with or without warnings
  • A single serious offense (e.g., punching or groping someone)
  • A single obviously intentional offense (e.g., taking up-skirt photos) 

Hotel/venue security and local authorities should be contacted when appropriate.

[Repeat conf/hotel/venue/law enforcement/hot line contact info here]

Public statements

As a general rule, conference staff should not make any public statements about the behavior of individual people during or after the conference.

In general, consult with other staff members when possible but act when necessary.

Please remember: just because you are comfortable or ok with something, doesn’t make it ok for anyone else. We each have our own comfort levels and our own expectations of behavior: being aware of this and acting with consideration to those around you is respectful and required at all GDG events.