Anti-Harassment

ConAlope – LepreCon 43 – Westercon 70 wishes to provide a safe, hospitable, harassment-free convention experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental ability or disability, physical appearance, coloration, physical attributes, age, body size, body shape, race, ethnicity, citizenship status, employment, socioeconomic status, financial status, familial status, military or veteran status, achievements, national origin, ancestry, worldview, political party preference, political belief, political affiliation, operating systems, platform preference, programming language, text editor preference, creed, or religion (or lack thereof). The purpose of this policy is to deter and address harassment and harmful conduct, not to limit consensual interaction and free and open discussion.

We expect all attendees, participants, guests, members, volunteers, and staff to act responsibly, courteously, and considerately, and to follow this code of conduct during all conventions, convention-related events, and convention meetings.

“Yes” means yes, “no” means no, and “maybe” means no. Please take “no” for an answer for any request or activity and do not repeat your request again. Do not corner people socially; if someone is looking apprehensive or trapped, give them space. If someone tells you to go away or to leave him or her alone, your business with that person is done and you should not attempt to initiate further contact with that person.

No touching or photographing other people without consent. This includes glomping, hugging, kissing, fondling, hands on knees, backs, shoulders, and hair – just ask first! The fact that someone is in costume does not imply consent for photographs or touching – again, ask first! Obtain permission before posting images of people or recordings of the convention online. Do not assume that physical contact will be welcome or appreciated. Some do not like to be touched and will respect and like you more if you respect their personal space. You are encouraged to ask for unequivocal consent for all activities.

Westercon 70 welcomes families with children and expects all attendees, participants, guests, members, and staff to treat these families with courtesy. Use of explicit sexual language and imagery should be limited to panels, events, and situations where those in attendance know that such content may be presented. Parents or guardians should be aware not all panels or events may be suitable for children. Parents or guardians bringing children are responsible for their children’s behavior.

Westercon 70 does not tolerate harmful conductor harassment of or by attendees, participants, guests, members, volunteers, and staff in any form. Harmful conduct or harassment is verbal or physical conduct that creates an unpleasant or hostile situation. This includes, but is not limited to:

  •  – Physical Assault
  •  – Battery
  •  – Disregarding The Safety Of Other Persons
  •  – Theft Or Robbery
  •  – Intentional Destruction Of Property
  •  – Deliberate Intimidation
  •  – Stalking
  •  – Deliberate Impeding Or Blocking Another’s Movement
  •  – Sexual Attention, Gestures, Questions, Or Comments That Are Known Or Ought Reasonably To Be Known To Be Unwelcome
  •  – Sexual Advances Or Propositions That Are Known Or Ought Reasonably To Be Known To Be Unwelcome
  •  – Sexual Advances Or Propositions Toward A Person Under The Age Of 18
  •  – Making Or Threatening Reprisals After Receiving A Negative Response To Sexual Advances Or Propositions
  •  – Inappropriate And Non-consensual Physical Contact, Including Pinching, Grabbing, Patting, Groping, Or Brushing Against Another’s Body
  •  – Repeated Heckling, Interruption, Or Other Disruption Of Panels Or Other Events Or Meetings
  •  – Photography, Audio, Or Video Recording Without The Subject’s Consent
  •  – Posting Images Or Content On The Internet, Facebook, Or Other Media Without The Consent Of The Subject Of The Image Or Content, Or Not Removing Images Or Content You Have Been Asked To Take Down By The Subject Of The Image Or Content
  •  – Providing Or Offering To Provide Alcoholic Beverages Or Illegal Substances To Someone Under The Age Of 21
  •  – Threatening, Bullying, Hectoring, Coercion, Or Any Other Abusive Conduct That Has The Purpose Or Effect Of Unreasonably interfering With Another Person’s Ability To Enjoy And Participate In The Convention, Convention Related Events, And Convention Meetings
  •  – Inappropriate Verbal Comments Or Gestures Related To Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, Sexual Orientation, Marital Status, Physical Or Mental Ability Or Disability, Physical Appearance, Coloration, Physical Attributes, Age, Body Size, Body Shape, Race, Ethnicity, Citizenship Status, Employment, Socioeconomic Status, Financial Status, Familial Status, Military Or Veteran Status, Achievements, National Origin, Ancestry, Worldview, Political Party Preference, Political Belief, Political Affiliation, Operating Systems, Platform Preference, Programming Language, Text Editor Preference, Creed, Or Religion (Or Lack Thereof)
  •  – Falsely Accusing An Innocent Person Of Harassment
  •  – Any Other Action Or Behavior That Causes Significant Interference With Convention Operations, Adversely Affects The Convention’s Relationship With Its Venues Or The Public, Or Causes Excessive Discomfort To Other Attendees, Participants, Guests, Members, Volunteers, Or Staff

Reasonable and objective examination of beliefs, including critical commentary on another person’s views, does not by itself constitute harassment. One of the underlying rationales of this policy is to promote – not inhibit – discussion and free exchanges of ideas between persons of differing views. Furthermore, the responsibility for settling interpersonal disputes lies solely with the individuals involved, and Westercon 70 will not tolerate being used as a leveraging point in such disputes.

Persons asked to stop any harmful conduct or harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. The exact remedy for harmful conduct or harassing conduct will depend on an evaluation of all relevant circumstances, such as the severity of the conduct and prior violations by the person engaging in prohibited conduct. Anyone violating this policy may be expelled from the meeting, event, or convention without a refund at the discretion of the convention organizers. Sanctions may include permanent suspension of membership of any future Leprecon Inc. events. When there is a reasonable basis for believing the conduct is illegal, appropriate law enforcement authorities will be notified.

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed or engaging in harmful conduct, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of convention staff immediately. Convention staff can be identified by special badges.

Where convention staff witnesses to the prohibited conduct, immediate remedial action may be taken. Where a report of harmful conduct or harassment is made to convention staff after the conduct has occurred, reasonable measures will be taken to establish the facts. This will typically include discussion with witnesses, if any, and the person accused of engaging in the prohibited conduct. Inquiries into harmful conduct or harassing conduct will be carried out as confidentially as possible given the circumstances.

Convention 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 convention. We truly value your attendance and are here to help.

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Photography And Videography

There is to be no photographic or videographic recording of individuals without explicit consent. The fact that someone is in costume does not imply consent for photos or videos – please just ask first! Always obtain permission before posting images or recordings of people online. Program Participants and Guests Of Honor may or may not allow recording of their likeness or voice. You are encouraged to ask for unequivocal consent for all activities. If someone does not consent, fully respect their decision.

Weapons And Cosplay

The carrying and wearing of weapons must explicitly be for the use for cosplaying. All weapons and any props deemed possibly dangerous (ex. sharp edges or an item that could be used as a blunt object) must be inspected and peace-bonded by security staff. No real firearms are allowed, nor any firearms that could be easily mistaken for a real one. Bladed weapons are allowed but must be sheathed at all times.

Any weapons purchased in the Vendor Hall must be securely wrapped before they are taken out of the room.

The safety of convention members is our overriding consideration, as well as cooperating fully with the hotel’s security personnel and their own weapons policy.

ConAlope – Westercon 70 is a family event in a public venue, so we ask that you please be modest in your costume attire.

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Fan Tables

Fan Tables are complimentary for non-profits and community outreach organizations. If an individual wishes to sell items for purely a profit venture, then they must be in the Merchant Hall. However, if a convention or fan group wants to sell memberships or merchandise to raise funds to help their parent organization, then this is both allowed and encouraged.

Fan Table Coordinators must purchase at minimum an Attending Full Membership. Any others staffing that Fan Table are encouraged, but not required, to purchase their own memberships. A Fan Table is defined as above; anything outside this definition requires a Vendor Table or Promotional Booth.

Room Parties

Room Party Coordinators must purchase at minimum an Attending Full Membership. Others who are either staffing or attending a party are encouraged – but not required – to purchase their own memberships. Room Party Coordinators are allowed to book a room/suite for a party at the convention rate. They will be located in the party area, and they must conform to any convention-specific party rules and regulations as specified by the convention chair and/or committee.

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Leprecon Inc. Bylaws

Approved 13 November 2005; and amended 05 May 2013, 17 November 2013, 18 May 2014, & 03 November 2015

1. PRIMARY PURPOSE

Leprecon Inc. is organized primarily to operate an annual science fiction convention in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  It may also hold other social functions during the year in connection with and in support of the primary purpose.

2. MEMBERSHIP

2.1. Active and Passive members

2.1.1. Becoming a member

Membership in the organization is conveyed to a person by petition at a quarterly meeting, by obtaining a convention membership in the annual event, or by Board of Directors decree.  Membership is open to all persons with an interest in science fiction, fantasy, and/or related topics.  The Corporation may refuse to accept memberships for cause. If the annual event is combined with a special event, then membership in the organization shall be specified at the time of registration or as soon as possible after such registration; the default shall be to not include membership in the organization.

2.1.2. Term of membership

Membership begins at the start of the Annual Meeting and ends at the start of the next Annual Meeting.  Membership is considered active until at least one (1) quarterly meeting is not attended.  Membership is considered passive until returning to active by attending a quarterly meeting before the next convention.  Membership is considered either active or passive unless terminated as indicated below. Proxies may be substituted for attendance if necessary.

2.1.3. Termination of membership

Membership may be revoked for disorderly, inappropriate, or illegal behavior or other specified cause during or in connection with a convention or other corporate sponsored event.  Membership is terminated automatically if the member fails to obtain an attending membership in the annual convention.  Membership is terminated involuntarily if a two-thirds (2/3) majority of all active members vote to terminate.  Membership is terminated voluntarily if the member sends a signed resignation letter to the Secretary or other designated Board of Directors member.  Membership is terminated automatically if the member enters the Art Gallery with art for sale or enters the Merchant Hall with intent to sell merchandise.

2.1.4. Rights of membership

Membership entitles the holder to attend quarterly meetings and vote at such meetings, attend the convention for which a convention membership was obtained, or any other function sponsored by the organization.

2.1.5. Classes of membership

Current classes of membership include Active and Passive.  The Corporation may declare other classes of membership as needed.

2.16. Petition for membership

A person may petition for membership at a quarterly meeting by circulating a petition asking to become a member.  Active members may sign the petition to indicate that the petitioning person is acceptable as a member.  If the petitioning person obtains signatures from at least two-thirds (2/3) of the active members present and submits the petition to the Secretary or designated board member, then the person becomes an active member seven (7) days after the end of that quarterly meeting.  A petitioner who did not have an attending membership at the immediately previous convention must pay a membership fee equal to the lowest advertised attending full weekend membership rate at that convention.

2.17. Convention membership

A person may obtain an attending convention membership by purchasing one through the Treasurer or authorized agent, or by holding a convention position (past or present) that is authorized to receive a complimentary membership.

2.2. Member rights

2.2.1. Active members are eligible to vote for the Board of Directors, to hold positions on the board, to vote for changes in these Bylaws or for any other reason designated by the Board.

2.2.2. There must be at least fifteen (15) active members.  Should the number fall below this, the Board of Directors shall appoint new active members as necessary.

2.2.3. Obligations of members

2.2.3.1.  Active members must be legally competent in the State of Arizona.

2.2.3.2.  Active and passive members must maintain their current mailing address, email address and telephone number with the Secretary.

2.2.3.3.  Active members must respond to a ballot.

2.2.3.4.  Active members must attend each of the regular quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors or submit a proxy to the Secretary and to the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Board.

2.2.3.5.  Active and passive members must be an attending member of the annual convention.

3. DIRECTORS

3.1. Composition of the Board of Directors

3.1.1. There shall be five (5) voting Directors.

3.1.2. Three (3) Directors shall be selected by election for three (3) year terms, electing one Director after each Annual Meeting, and taking office at the end of that meeting.

3.1.3. Each person who completes a term as President shall become a Director for a two (2) year term commencing at the end of the Annual Meeting following the completion of the previous convention.

3.1.4. The President (current convention chair) shall be a non-voting member of the Board.

3.1.5. The Vice-President (next convention chair after current) shall be a non-voting member of the Board.

3.1.6. The Assistant Vice-President (following convention chair after next) shall be a non-voting member of the Board.

3.2. Election of Directors

3.2.0. To be eligible for a voting position on the Board of Directors, a candidate must be an active member who has attended at least three (3) of the last four (4) quarterly board meetings immediately prior to the election.

3.2.1. Directors shall be elected by ballot of the active members.  Such elections may take place at any scheduled quarterly meeting. Nominations for such elections may be called for at such scheduled meetings.  Typically, elections occur at the Annual Meeting usually held in August.

3.2.2. In meetings where nominations and elections are to take place, all active members must be notified one (1) week in advance.

3.2.3. Active members not able to attend meetings where elections are held may vote by notifying the Secretary, the President, or the Chairman of the Board in writing of their vote.

3.2.4. If there is a vacancy on the Board, the Board of Directors may appoint a Director to fill the vacancy until a replacement can be elected for the remainder of the regular term of the Director being replaced.  This election shall be within three (3) months of the vacancy.

3.3. Termination of Office

The Secretary shall conduct a recall election when requested by petition of the active members. This election shall be conducted by mail ballot and shall begin within one (1) month of the request.  A vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the active members is required for removal.  In the event that the recall election involves the Secretary position, then the Chairman of the Board shall assume the Secretary’s duties for the recall election. Termination of office is not a termination of active membership.  A separate vote would be required to terminate an active membership.

3.4. Rights of Directors

The Board of Directors manages the operation of the corporation by appointing and removing the Operating Officers and monitoring their performance in office.  The Directors shall have exclusive control of any matter which might reasonably be expected to affect more than a single convention.

3.5. Obligations of the Board of Directors

The Directors shall exercise reasonable care in the management of the corporation and shall consider the opinions and concerns of the active and passive members in any decision. Each Director must be legally competent in the State of Arizona, must attend three (3) of the four (4) regular quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and must meet any other requirements set by the Board for its own operations.  Proxies may substitute for attendance if necessary.

3.6. Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board

The Board of Directors shall elect one of the Directors as a Chairman and one of the Directors as a Vice-Chairman.  The Chairman runs the quarterly meetings.  The Vice-Chairman runs the meetings in the absence of the Chairman.

4. MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

4.1. Regular meetings of the Board

4.1.1. Quarterly meetings shall be held on the second Saturday of August, November, February, and May, these being the second month of each quarter.  Active and passive members and members of the Board are responsible for finding out the time and place of the meetings.  No notifications are required.  Quarterly meetings may be held within 20 days of the above dates if necessary to accommodate the attendance of a majority of the Directors.

4.1.2. Other scheduled meetings may be held at the discretion of the President or the Chairman of the Board as needed.  For scheduled meetings other than regular quarterly meetings, all active members, all Directors, and all operating officers shall be provided with the time and place with a minimum of one (1) week notice.  This notice shall be distributed as widely as practical before the meeting.

4.1.3. All regular Board meetings shall be open to all interested people.

4.1.4. A quorum is required to make a meeting official.  This applies to quarterly, annual, unscheduled, or special meetings. A quorum is defined as at least three (3) voting Directors in attendance or by proxy.

4.2. Unscheduled Board meetings

Unscheduled Board of Directors meetings are those that do not meet the notification requirements for regular meetings.  They may be called as desired by the Chairman, as long as a majority of the Directors are present.  These meetings may be held informally over the telephone, online, or in person so long as a majority of the Directors are contacted and a majority opinion is reached on the question(s) under consideration.  Any action taken by an unscheduled meeting must be ratified at the next regular meeting to be valid.

4.3. Annual meeting

Leprecon, Inc. shall hold an Annual Meeting which shall be the first quarterly board meeting after the start of the 01 August fiscal year.  This meeting shall serve as a general report to the convention members on the previous convention and act to set the direction for the next convention. The Annual Meeting shall be one of the regular quarterly meetings.  The time and place of the Annual Meeting shall be published in the convention program book.

5. CORPORATE OPERATING OFFICERS

5.1. President

The President is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the current convention.  S/he supervises the activities of his/her appointed staff. S/he is responsible for the smooth operation of the convention and shall perform whatever duties are necessary to ensure that occurs.  The President shall function under the supervision and direction of the Board of Directors and shall make regular reports informally to the Directors and formally and in detail at each quarterly meeting, including the Annual Meeting.  The President shall also perform any other duties assigned by state or federal law or by the Board of Directors.  The President may not simultaneously hold any other Corporate office.

5.2. Treasurer

The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the corporation.  S/he maintains the financial records and accounts of the corporation.  S/he is responsible for the proper handling of all corporation assets and shall perform whatever duties are necessary to ensure that occurs.  The Treasurer shall function under the supervision and direction of the Board of Directors and shall make regular reports informally to the Directors and formally and in detail at each quarterly meeting, including the Annual Meeting.  The Treasurer shall also perform any duties assigned by state or federal law or by the Board of Directors.

5.3. Secretary

The Secretary is responsible for keeping the non-financial records of the corporation. S/he is responsible for maintaining copies of all necessary corporate records and making copies available as necessary.  S/he shall perform all duties necessary to ensure proper performance of this function. The Secretary shall function under the supervision and direction of the Board of Directors and shall make regular reports informally to the Directors and formally and in detail at each quarterly meeting, including the Annual Meeting.  The Secretary shall also perform any other duties assigned by state or federal law or by the Board of Directors.

5.4. Vice-President

The Vice-President is the COO of the convention following the current convention (next convention). Duties are the same as for President.

5.5. Assistant Vice-President

The Assistant Vice-President is the COO of the convention following the next convention (convention after next). Duties are the same as for President.

6. AMENDMENTS TO THE BYLAWS

6.1. Amendments may be proposed

6.1.1. By petition.

6.1.2. By resolution of the Board of Directors.

6.2. Amendments may be enacted by

6.2.1. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the active members.

6.2.2. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors.

6.3. Procedures

6.3.1. Amendments must be enacted at a regular meeting.  The meeting notice shall announce a vote on a pending bylaws change.

7. DISSOLVING THE CORPORATION

The Corporation shall be dissolved by vote of three-quarters (3/4) of the active members. This vote must be held by mail and must be conducted within one (1) month of a petition requesting it.

8. INTERPRETATION OF THE BYLAWS

The Board of Directors shall have the authority to make binding interpretations of these Bylaws in any case where the Bylaws are ambiguous.

9. PROCEDURES

9.1. Petition to the Board of Directors

9.1.1. The Secretary shall provide a list of the present active members to anyone requesting it. A processing fee may be charged.

9.1.2. Petitions must contain:

9.1.2.1.  The request being made.

9.1.2.2.  The dated signatures of the required number of active members.  All signatures must be dated within one (1) month of the time the petition is submitted. Unless otherwise specified, signatures of a majority of the active members are required.

9.1.2.3. Petitions are submitted to the Secretary who shall promptly take action as required.

9.2. Mail Ballot

9.2.1. The Secretary shall prepare the ballot specifying the issue to be voted on and instructions for voting.

9.2.2. Anyone interested may include a one-page statement to be mailed with the ballot.  Sufficient copies must be provided to the Secretary.

9.2.3. The ballot shall be mailed to all active members.

9.2.4. The Secretary shall allow three (3) weeks for responses to be received.  The Secretary shall then tabulate the votes and announce the results.

9.2.5. Any active member who does not respond within the required period shall become a passive member.

9.3. Proxies

9.3.1. All telephonic proxies must be submitted to the Secretary and to the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Board prior to the start of the meeting.