Conference Harassment Policy

DePaul's Pop Culture Conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion, or identity. This is in keeping with DePaul University’s own Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment policies. Joining together fan and scholar communities, this colloquium is intended to be open and welcoming to all.  We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Event staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes, or otherwise create a sexualized environment. Cosplay is not consent!
 
If a participant, attendee, or guest engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts. Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events. We value your attendance!
 
To report an incident (anonymously or non-anonymously), please contact either DePaul Public Safety (312.362.8400) or Paul Booth (email: pbooth@depaul.edu // Twitter: @pbooth81 // and phone [listed in program]) or the official Twitter: @DPU_PopCulture. In addition, volunteers wearing special conference shirts will be stationed around the Celebration and can be notified of any incidents as well.