Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment policies
Journey & Tales LLC provides for the safety of our players, staff, participants and partners in our events through a three step policy setup. Together each of the policies set forth how we expect anyone involved with our event to act, and what they can expect.
The policies are:
- Code of conduct – This sets out how J&T expects any of our participants, players, partners or others to act at our events.
- Anti-harassment policy – J&T as a company and any J&T event is committed to providing a harassment free experience.
- Consent policy and mechanics – Larp is a medium which inherently involved feelings and pushes boundaries. Our policies and mechanics around this is created to a safe environment for our players, and tailored to each specific event.
Code of Conduct – The quick version
Journeys & Tales operates all our events based on the “Don’t be a jerk” approach, which applies to both participants, staff, and anyone else involved in our events in any form.
Instead of writing a long explanation about what this covers, our philosophy is simple: don’t be a jerk and don’t do anything that you would not done to yourself. Bullying, harassment, other degrading and offensive behavior will not be tolerated. Respect people’s limits and speak up when you see behavior that does not match the code of conduct. Our goal is for people to create awesome experiences for themselves and their fellow players, and we cannot do that in a hostile environment.
We operate on a “one warning, one ejection” approach, meaning that if we’ve had to talk to someone once, the next situation will be an automatic ejection from our event, without a refund.
Code of Conduct – The long version
Journeys & Tales LLC (“J&T”) seeks to promote a safe and comfortable environment for its events that can be enjoyed by all the players and staff. To that end, we have established this Code of Conduct and anti-harassment policy to which we expect all attendees and staff to adhere. Failure to comply with it can result in ejection from our event without a refund, at the discretion of the organizers.
We expect our customers, players, and staff members to behave in an appropriate, mature, and responsible manner. We expect common sense to rule and for everyone involved to have a general sense of the safety and well-being of those around them. Customers, players, and staff members are expected to treat others with courtesy and respect. Harassment or intolerance is unacceptable.
All customers, players, and staff members are expected to abide by the laws of the land – including federal, state, and local laws, statutes, ordinances, etc.
While we understand that the nature of roleplay and acting will create in-character drama, we do not expect for this drama and any hurt feelings to spill over into the realm of out-of-character interactions. Leave the drama for your character; do not bring it into real life.
J&T or authorized staff may remove attendees from an event for any reason. We will endeavor to provide a verbal warning to you and allow you to correct your behavior before removing you from the event, when appropriate. There may be times when we immediately remove an attendee when it is determined such removal to be in the best interest of J&T, our attendees, the guest hotel, or the general public. While we imagine that the reason for such removal will be obvious, we are under no obligation to disclose the reason for removal. If you are removed from the event, you will not be entitled to a refund in any way.
While not exclusive, the following list provides examples of behaviors or actions that may constitute your immediate removal from a J&T event:
- Violating any laws.
- Failure to comply with J&T or event staff instructions.
- Physically destructive behavior.
- Endangering the safety of yourself or others.
- Cheating, threatening, or harassing others.
- Any type of sexual harassment.
- Drinking alcohol if under the age of 21 or facilitating the drinking of alcohol for the same.
- Failure to abide by hotel or event rules or safety guidelines.
- Disruption of the event.
- Violation of the J&T Harassment Policy.
- Not respecting or seeking retribution for answers given when using the safety mechanics.
Incidents that violate this Code of Conduct should be reported to J&T or authorized staff. We will take reasonable efforts to maintain the confidentiality of those reporting incidents, when requested. Please be aware that we may need to provide information to authorities in the case of violations of the law.
Journeys & Tales may modify this Code of Conduct from time to time, without notice. Any changes to the Code of Conduct will become effective when the updated policy is made publicly available or announced. Your use of our services or attendance at any of our events indicates your acceptance of this Code of Conduct.
Our LARP is dedicated to providing harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. LARP Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from any Journeys and Tales event without a refund at the discretion of the organizers.
Harassment includes offensive verbal or written comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion, technology choices, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography, or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the J&T may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event with no refund.
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of J&T staff immediately. Our staff can be identified as they’ll be wearing branded clothing and/or badges.
Our LARP staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance and safety.
We expect participants to follow these rules at the production and at workshops.