SAFER SPACES POLICY

Bay Area Women in Publishing:

Bay Area Women in Publishing and organizers are committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We will not tolerate harassment at Bay Area Women in Publishing events, virtual meetings or programming in any form. Individuals violating the Safer Spaces Policy below may be sanctioned or expelled from the space or the event at the discretion of any Bay Area Women in Publishing organizer. 

 

Please observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect peoples’ opinions, beliefs, differing states of being and differing points of view.

  • Always get explicit verbal consent before taking someone’s photo or crossing other personal boundaries. Please be aware that BAWIP members may photograph individuals attending events. If you prefer that your photo not be taken, please let a BAWIP member know upon checking in for the event.

  • Be responsible for your actions and aware that they may have an effect on others regardless of your original intent.

  • A safe and respectful community is everyone’s responsibility, therefore we encourage you to look out for one another, and speak up if you see someone who might be in trouble, or need assistance.

 

Harassment includes:

  • Offensive verbal comments

  • Deliberate intimidation

  • Stalking

  • Following

  • Photography or recording without consent. Please be aware that BAWIP members may photograph individuals attending events. If you prefer that your photo not be taken, please let a BAWIP member know upon checking in for the event.

  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events

  • Inappropriate physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

  • Disruptive or disrespectful behavior

 

Bay Area Women in Publishing organizers are available to support attendees who are having an issue at Bay Area Women in Publishing-specific events/programs. BAWiP has a zero tolerance policy. We take things seriously and will do our best to remedy the situation. We are not liable for or able to mediate outside issues. Should an issue arise with a participant or attendee during an event or program, we will do our best to remedy the situation, either immediately or at a later time. It is highly encouraged that you speak to a BAWiP organizer if you feel that any part of the Safer Spaces policy has been disregarded.

 

Bay Area Women in Publishing reserves the right to ask attendees who are violating the Safer Spaces Policy to change or address their behavior(s) or language. If individuals violating the policy are unable to change or address their behavior(s) or language, they will be asked to leave the event or program.

There are a range of solutions to Safer Spaces concerns; please be aware that Bay Area Women in Publishing organizers organizers cannot promise that public statements will be made in relation to any Safer Spaces decisions. Please understand that any policy related decisions made by BAWiP event/program organizers will be precipitated by serious discussion with multiple viewpoints represented. Decisions are not made hastily or lightly.