OVFF’s Anti-Harassment Policy
Harassment of any kind is not tolerated. If someone tells you “no” or asks you to leave them alone, your business with them is done.
Your right not to be harassed is not a right not to be offended. All of us have different things that we find offensive. If you are offended, the best solution may be for you to walk away from the person who offends you. Should that person pursue you and continue to offend you, that could be harassment.
If you feel that you are being harassed, or if you notice someone behaving inappropriately (such as violating hotel or convention policies), we respectfully suggest the following:
- If you feel comfortable doing so, point out the inappropriate behavior to the person(s) involved. Often this will solve the problem immediately.
- If you do not feel comfortable talking with the person(s) involved, or if talking to them does not resolve the issue, please report the situation immediately to any OVFF Concom member. It would be extremely helpful if you could provide a name, badge name, and/or physical description of the person(s) involved. Please remember that we need to know about any incidents during the event in order to take action.
The OVFF Committee reserves the right to deny membership to, or revoke the membership of, any attendee who behaves in a manner that presents a danger to others or, in our opinion, seriously impairs the ability of other attendees to enjoy the con.
The OVFF Committee reserves the same right regarding convention members who, through their actions, threaten the working relationship between OVFF and the hotel.
OVFF reserves the right to revoke the membership of anyone failing to conform to the letter and spirit of these policies, those of our hotel, and the laws of the City of Worthington and the State of Ohio.
We know. We get it. Witty repartee with the performer(s) on stage is part of what makes filk so fun, right? And as long as everyone is laughing, this is definitely the case.
However, sometimes, the performer doesn’t laugh, or seems a bit upset. When this happens, please stop. If you continue and others nudge you to lighten up; you have probably crossed the line to harassment. Definitely stop. Please don’t make us whack you with the Rule #42 clue bat.