ISFiC Harassment Policy

Adopted by the ISFiC Board September, 2013.

Harassment of any kind is not tolerated. If someone tells you "no" or asks you to leave them alone, your business with them is done.

Your right not to be harassed is not a right not to be offended. All of us have different things that we find offensive. If you are offended, the best solution may be for you to walk away from the person who offends you. Should that person pursue you and continue to offend you, that could be harassment.

Unwanted physical contact is also not tolerated at Windycon. We understand that many fans view Windycon and other conventions as a safe space and enjoy greeting their friends with a hug, but please be aware that some people do not enjoy physical contact and if there is any question, please refrain from initiating physical contact with an individual. Similarly, a costume is not an invitation for physical contact.

If you feel that you are being harassed, or if you notice someone behaving inappropriately (such as violating hotel or convention policies), we respectfully suggest the following:

  1. If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the inappropriate behavior to the person(s) involved. Often this will solve the problem immediately.
  2. If you do not feel comfortable talking with the person(s) involved, or if talking to them does not resolve the issue, please report the situation immediately to any ISFiC/Windycon event coordinator (i.e., Windycon Operations, Security, the Windycon Chair, Vice-chair, Members of the ISFiC Board, Con Ombudsman, or to harassment at isfic dot org).

It would be extremely helpful if you could provide a name, badge name/number, and/or physical description of the person(s) involved. We know reporting these issues is difficult. Please understand we cannot address issues if we do not know about them. While it is easier for us to investigate and address problems at the convention, it is more important that we know that something happened. If you need time before talking to us, take the time. But please talk to us when you are ready.

Windycon and ISFiC reserve the right to revoke the membership of anyone failing to conform to the letter and spirit of these policies, those of our hotel, and the laws of the Village of Lombard and the State of Illinois.

Thank you.