Discrimination and Harassment Policy


Definition

DQMO is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming event experience, free of discrimination or harassment, for everyone regardless of gender, freedom of expression, sexual identity, marital status, disability, physical appearance, race, age, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, religious belief or past history.

DQMO seeks to provide an event environment in which diverse attendees may learn, network and enjoy the company of participants in an atmosphere with respect and courtesy. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment of our participants in any form. Participants violating this policy may be expelled from the event, without a refund, at the discretion of the DQMO committee.

Harassment includes, but not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to gender, gender identity, freedom of expression, sexual identity, marital status, disability, physical appearance, race, age, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, religious belief or past history.
  • Displaying offensive images/language (racism, sexism, *-ism).
  • Deliberate intimidation, including but not limited to stalking.
  • Outing any participants' sexual identity outside the DQMO event.
  • Harassing verbally, including photography or recording.
  • Sustained disruption of presentations or other events.
  • Inappropriate physical contact.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour.

DQMO Events Include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops.
  • Tours.
  • Social gatherings listed as advertised.

Policy Scope

This policy applies to all attendees participating in any DQMO event including registered attendants, speakers, volunteers, guests, staff, vendors, and service providers (interpreters/interventors).

Enforcement

  • A. Participants who are asked to stop behaviour viewed as harassing or discriminatory are expected to comply immediately.
  • B. If a participant engages in harassing or discriminatory behaviour, DQMO committee retains the right to take actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.
  • C. The DQMO committee may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any other participants.
We expect participants to abide by this policy at all DQMO events for the safety of every member of our community.

Reporting Anonymously or In-Person

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible to the DQMO committee. You may choose to file a report to this email address: dqmoto2020@gmail.com. We strive to provide you with a safe and welcome environment for you to enjoy as a positive experience. People like you help to raise the quality of our events and elevate all members of DQMO.

Please note we cannot follow-up on an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate and take actions where necessary to prevent a recurrence.

In-person reporting

When filing an in-person report, the DQMO committee will ensure you are safe and cannot be seen by others. The DQMO committee may involve DQMO Chairperson to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we’ll ask you to tell us what happened. We realize this process can be upsetting and encourage you to bring someone with you for support. All reports will be kept confidential and will be handled respectfully. You will not be asked to confront anyone, and your identity will remain confidential.

If required, the DQMO committee will be happy to help you contact venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

Retaliation Is Prohibited

DQMO will not tolerate any form of retaliation against persons who file a complaint, serve as witness(es), or otherwise assist in the investigation. Retaliation is a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment or discrimination itself, may be subject to removal from DQMO event.