Harassment and Safety
SASB is dedicated to providing a safe, hospitable, and productive environment for everyone attending our events, regardless of ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation. It is important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is neither healthy nor productive. Accordingly, SASB prohibits intimidating, threatening, or harassing conduct during our conferences. This policy applies to speakers, staff, volunteers, and attendees. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference, at the discretion of the SASB Executive.
Harassment of SASB participants will not be tolerated in any form. Harassment includes offensive gestures or verbal comments related to ethnicity, religion, disability, physical appearance, gender, or sexual orientation in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behaviour are expected to comply immediately.
If a participant or exhibitor engages in harassing behaviour, the SASB Executive will expel the offender from this and future conferences. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible SASB officer/s (or any supportive SASB member who can liaise on your behalf) to resolve the situation. Our current SASB harassment and safety officer is Dr Nerida Wilson ().
SASB will be happy to help participants contact convention centre/hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, and otherwise assist those experiencing harassment, to enable them to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance, and want to make your experience as productive and professionally stimulating as possible.