Geekway to the West understands that gaming (both online and tabletop) communities have not always been welcoming to minorities and women. For this reason, we have adopted this policy to create a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone. Therefore, we do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Please familiarize yourself with our definition of harassment, and what we expect of Geekway attendees.
Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, or gender identity; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.
If you, as an attendee, feel harassed, you may inform the offender that you would like the harassing behavior to stop immediately. If you are not comfortable doing this, you may contact a Geekway staff member who will address the concern. Likewise, if you feel that someone else is being harassed, you may notify a Geekway staff member who will address the concern.
To report harassment, go to Geekway HQ (the same place where you pick up your badge on arrival) and ask for the Geekway Owner On Call. The owner will meet you at Geekway HQ and ask you to describe what happened. Both men and women staff members are available to talk with you, in private or in a public space. Geekway will listen to your report and will work with you to take appropriate action. We consider your report anonymous and will not share it with anyone without your permission unless we think there is a violation of the law. In many cases, someone who has been harassed will ask only that we are aware and that we take action if a pattern develops. We respect that wish and understand that it is often the best approach. Please do not hesitate to talk with us out of fear that you might be “outed.”
If you, as an attendee, are asked to stop behaving in a way that is interpreted as harassment, you are expected to stop, immediately. Arguing about the situation or trying to convince someone that your behavior is not harassment will not get you anywhere. Just stop. If you disagree that your behavior is harassment, that is fine, but the behavior should stop anyway.
If anyone engages in harassing behavior, Geekway organizers may take any action they, in their sole discretion, deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion with no refund.
We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.