Total Confusion is dedicated to providing a harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of convention participants in any form. Convention participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the convention, without a refund, at the discretion of the convention organizers. Harassment includes, but is not limited to:
Verbal bullying or intimidation Images of full or partially nudity and/or images of sex acts (simulated or actual) in public spaces Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following Harassing photography or recording. Please ask before taking photos or recording attendees. Sustained disruption of talks or other events Unwanted/inappropriate physical contact Unwelcome sexual attention Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour Enforcement Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately If a participant engages in harassing behavior, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. In the event of a serious incident that involves physical violence, proper authorities will be contacted as needed.
Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities.
What you can do if you are harassed: 1. Speak directly to the individual. Sometimes, we find that harassment stops by clearly saying no, leave me alone, stop, or by simply walking away. If you would like to let a staff member know about the incident, we would be happy to keep a record to help identify repeat offenders.
If the harassment continues or you don't feel comfortable telling someone "No", please find the Director of the Area you are located at that time, find a volunteer security member (visible by the RED security shirts they wear), or proceed to the Registration Desk. They will contact the Head of Security, the Head of Events or Operations Director and will assist you until they arrive. If you feel uncomfortable sharing details with the person in charge, alternatives can be arranged. You do not need to share details at this time if you are not comfortable. If you choose to make a full incident report at this time, we will conduct an investigation and keep you informed of the steps we have taken in keeping with our policies. If not, we will keep a record of the incident for tracking purposes only. If a crime or serious injury has occurred, we may be obligated to report it to the proper authorities.
You can choose to notify us during or after the convention via email. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that emails sent during the convention may not be seen in a timely manner due to meeting the demands of running the convention onsite.
What you can do to help keep TotalCon safer: Volunteer: The more volunteers we have on hand to conduct safety patrols, be on hand to help attendees in need, or help keep the staff work load lighter so we can be more available, the better! Even a single two hour slot helps greatly.
Volunteering is easy. When you register for the convention and are selecting t he events you wish to attend, there are Volunteer tickets available. Simply select that ticket for the slots you have available to help (in 2 hour blocks of time) then show up at the registration desk at the correct start time to get your assignment. All volunteers will receive credits for the time spent helping the convention.
Be a Friend: Conventions are all about community and enjoying the hobby we love. You can do things like offering to help walk your friends back to their rooms or offer to be the sober friend after hours if you visit the bar. Don't be afraid to ask "Are you OK" if you see someone injured or in distress. If needed, find an appropriate volunteer or staff to help. The more everyone works together, the safer and more enjoyable the convention will be for all