Why have an official anti-harassment policy for BarCampRDU? First, it is necessary. There is an unfortunate history of harassment that has been normalized in the context of conferences – for example, see this timeline of sexist incidents in geek communities. Second, it sets expectations for behavior at barcamp. Simply having an anti-harassment policy can prevent harassment all by itself. Third, it encourages people to attend who have had bad experiences at other conferences. Finally, it gives barcamp volunteers instructions on how to handle harassment quickly, with the minimum amount of disruption.
BarCampRDU is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers. Our full and detailed anti-harassment policy can be found at:
This document is adapted from the Creative Commons licensed resources available here that were accessed in March of 2013.