I'm very excited to announce that in keeping with recent trends in socially conscious movements (and conference planning in general) Imagine No Religion 5 has its own anti-harassment policy. This policy is the result of extensive discussion and revision between all organizers of the event, and is mostly based on language used by successful secular gatherings like Skepticon.
This is not in response to a prior incident or to an expectation of future problems. It's a precautionary measure in the same way that fire safety procedures aren't in place because a fire is expected—nor should they only be considered once someone smells smoke. We expect a conference as friendly and respectful as the previous four, and this policy is here to clarify what that means. I'm thrilled to be able to announce this first on the BCHA site; it will also be published on the official INR5 site soon. The full text follows below.
BC Humanist Association
Imagine No Religion 5 , (INR), organizers and sponsors, wish to maintain an environment of mutual respect by and between attendees at our event. We intend to continue our good track record by providing a safe and welcoming event for all attendees, speakers, staff and volunteers.
If you experience an incident of harassment, we will do everything in our power to deal with it quickly and effectively. We ask that you document any incident or complaint of harassment immediately, and conference staff/volunteers will direct you to the appropriate person to address your concern. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, and race. Deliberate intimidation, inappropriate physical contact and unwelcome sexual attention are also not tolerated.
Open discussion encompassing diversity of opinion on a wide range of topics is central to the success of INR, however we expect civility and respect at all times. Differences of opinion are encouraged, harassment is not.
If a participant engages in behaviour that constitutes harassment, the organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including issuing a verbal warning or expelling the the offender from the event.
A record of incidents/complaints will be maintained by the organizers of the event.
The organizers will help provide access to: hotel security, local policing and emergency staff as required.
Imagine No Religion
British Columbia Humanist Association