Society for Photographic Education (SPE) aims to be inclusive to the largest number of individuals, with the most varied and diverse backgrounds possible. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and religion.
This Anti-Harassment Policy outlines our expectations for all those who participate in SPE's Annual and Chapter Conferences or events as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.
We expect all participants at SPE's conferences and events to create safe and positive experiences for everyone.
"Participant" in this policy refers to anyone present at SPE's Annual or Chapter Conferences or events including staff, contractors, volunteers, reviewers, vendors, sponsors, exhibitors, venue staff, members, and all attendees.
2. Expected Behavior
We expect all participants at SPE's conferences or events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues of the conferences including ancillary events and official and unofficial social gatherings.
3. Unacceptable Behavior
In support of this policy, SPE expressly prohibits offensive or inappropriate behavior including, but not limited to:
Other harassment consists of
Conference event venues may be shared with members of the public; please be respectful to all patrons of these locations.
Exhibitors in the Exhibits Fair, sponsor or vendor booths, or similar activities are also subject to the AntiHarassment Policy. In particular, sponsors and exhibitors should not use inappropriate activities or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not create an inappropriate environment.
Remember that sexist, racist, and other exclusionary jokes can be offensive to those around you. Offensive remarks or jokes are not appropriate for SPE's conferences or events.
4. Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior
Unacceptable behavior from any participant will not be tolerated.
If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, SPE may take any action they deem appropriate, including immediate removal from SPE's conferences or events (without refund) at which the harassment occurred and withdrawal of membership in SPE and any of its chapters. Egregious violations will result in more severe sanctions, including involvement of appropriate law enforcement officials.
5. If You Are Subject to or Witness Unacceptable Behavior
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact SPE staff immediately. On-site Staff can be identified by name badges.
All reports are confidential.
If possible, provide the following information, preferably in writing:
SPE staff are trained on how to deal with the incident and how to further proceed with the situation.
If needed or requested, staff will help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of SPE's Annual or Chapter Conferences or events.
6. Addressing Grievances
If you feel you have been falsely or unfairly accused of violating this Anti-Harassment Policy you should notify SPE with a concise description of your grievance. Your grievance will be handled in accordance with SPE's governing policies.