Arisia has a process to address issues that arise at Arisia-sponsored events, including our online convention. These issues include, but are not limited to, violations of the Arisia Code of Conduct.
- Security can assist with addressing incidents in progress and general de-escalation needs. Security is most able to react quickly to a situation that needs to be dealt with right away.
- The Incident Response Team (IRT) is specifically tasked with intaking and addressing any reports of violation of the Code of Conduct or other member behavior issues. The IRT will provide you with as much time as you need to process an incident and will work with you on what, if any, steps you would like Arisia to take to address an issue.
- Info Desk can answer, or direct you to the department that can answer, any other questions or concerns regarding the convention.
Arisia staff who would normally have a "black ribbon" at con (Safety, IRT, and senior staff) are people empowered to help you as well. On the Discord server, you can identify these people by either the red text of their username or the Safety, IRT, or Con Chair roles. If you look at the member list for any channel, they will appear at the top under their role. These staff members can help you to either make an incident report, handle a safety issue, or find you the best person to help solve your problem.
How To Report a Problem at the Convention
- Type @safety into the Discord.
- Go to the #safety channel, the #irt-hall-desk channel or the #help-desk channel and ask a staff member for help.
- Send an email report to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To make an anonymous incident report, you may use the Contact form on the convention website. Select "Incident Reports" in the dropdown menu and put "Anonymous" in the name and "@email" in the email field.
If you talk to the IRT by Discord, by Zoom, by phone, or by email, and you wish your report to remain anonymous, we will not include your name or contact information on the report. The IRT member who takes your report will not share your name or contact info with anyone else. If you make an anonymous report, we will not follow up with you about our actions, or to gather additional information, as people investigating the report will not know who to contact.
What to Expect When Making an Incident Report at Any Time
- We will make a written report and ask you for the details needed to understand and resolve the problem and to prevent further harm. If you give us your name and contact information, we will follow up with you as requested; this is not required - we will accept anonymous reports.
- Your report will be taken seriously and treated confidentially. Reports are reviewed by the Arisia Eboard, the sitting Con Chair team, and the IRT. If an individual from any of those groups is the one whose behavior is being reported, they will not be included in any of the follow-up activities, and may be excluded from all work on incident reports.
- We will tell you what our next steps will be and the action(s) to be taken, if any. Our first steps are to gather more information. This may require us to discuss incidents with other members of Arisia including, but not limited to:
- staff in charge of the area where the incident occurred;
- witnesses named in the report;
- the person whose behavior is the subject of the report.
When conducting follow-up, we will never disclose who made the report. We will limit the release of details regarding the incident, including the name of the individual who was on the receiving end of the behavior being reported. We may need to share details with people we talk to while gathering information, and we may need to share with Arisia staff members whose responsibilities are directly impacted by the report.
If you, as the reporter, state that you do not wish for any actions to be taken, we will honor that request except under extreme circumstances where there may exist immediate danger to others. The information provided will be logged solely for the purpose of potentially establishing a pattern of unacceptable behavior in the future, and no follow-up will be conducted.
At any time after submitting a report and requesting no action to be taken you may change your mind. If you later decide you wish for Arisia to take action on your report, you may reach back out to @email to submit that request.
What Happens Afterward
After gathering information, actions that Arisia may take include, but are not limited to:
- Take no action;
- Issue a verbal or written warning;
- Remove an individual from panels, events, and gaming;
- Remove an individual’s staff and volunteer privileges;
- Remove an individual from the convention for the day or the weekend.
At the convention, the IRT will follow processes laid out in the Arisia IRT Handbook, which is available to review in this Google document.
The IRT is only empowered to take actions that impact the convention at which the report is taken. At the end of the convention, all incident reports are handed off to the Incident Report Management Committee (IRMC) of the Arisia Eboard for review, complete with all follow-up conducted at the convention, any actions already taken, and any recommendations from the IRT for further actions.
The IRMC decides whether the organization needs to follow up further, including cases where Arisia may wish to take longer-term action. If your problem was solved at the convention, we may take no further steps. If your problem requires additional action, and your report was not anonymous, you will hear from the Eboard by early February.
If your report was made directly to the IRMC (i.e. it was not reported during the convention), the IRMC will be the group organizing any follow-up activities. After the Eboard has collected as much information as they deem possible and necessary, they will review the findings and decide on actions to be taken. More information about the Eboard’s process is outlined at the Disciplinary Process Information page.