Code of Conduct
Statement of Principle
Dark Odyssey is committed to providing a fun, creative, and sexy environment that is free from harassment, abusive behavior, and consent violations. We are dedicated to furthering freedom of expression in tandem with personal accountability, while striving to eliminate abusive behaviors. Dark Odyssey expects high standards of behavior and education and will make every effort to insure that all staff, presenters, and attendees act responsibly and with sensitivity. Staff, presenters, and attendees are expected to be accountable for the consequences of their actions and to consider the well-being of themselves, others and Dark Odyssey. Conduct which undermines this code, or is exploitative of others, may be cause for removal from the event and/or banning from future events.
The following actions may be cause for removal from an event and/or banning:
1- Consent Violations
Examples include but are not limited to: failure to honor and use safewords, failure to honor stated limits and/or boundaries, violations of personal space and/or boundaries, violations of the Dark Odyssey photography policy.
2- Abusive Behavior/Harassment
Examples include but are not limited to: bullying, coercion, unwanted sexual advances, intimidation, non-consensual physical abuse, and defamation.
Violation of this Code of Conduct
Dark Odyssey takes reports very seriously. If at an event you are being harassed or have your consent violated by any attendee, presenter, or staff member, please contact the Incident Response Team (IRT) as soon as possible. To contact the IRT please go to the help desk (centrally located at all events) or contact the Manager on Duty (MOD), a dungeon monitor, or other staff member who will relay your request and arrange a meeting. We strive to keep a diverse staff available to accommodate attendees preferences. Your meeting will be held in private and will not be discussed with anyone outside of the team and Dark Odyssey management. The IRT is simply an additional resource to help with consent matters. We are always prepared to call the police, ambulance, and other support services should they be needed.
We encourage you to report any code of conduct violations at the event, as soon as possible and as you feel safe to do so. If you are a third party and concerned on behalf of another, please encourage them to speak to the IRT when they feel safe to do so. We will listen to all concerns, but timely, first-hand accounts are more likely to result in action that is immediately beneficial to the victim. We recognize that sometimes reports cannot be made immediately. To make a report after an event, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
A- If a violation of this code of conduct is witnessed or disclosed during an event, the Incident Response Team is empowered to resolve the matter in the moment, including asking for anyone to be ejected from the Dark Odyssey event. All such cases will also be reported to the producers for further discussion and future management.
B- Issues submitted via email will be reviewed by the Dark Odyssey consent liaison, who will consider the issue(s) at least as a set of data points, useful in seeking patterns of behavior surrounding an individual.
C- Action taken can range from a warning, to removal from a single event, to banning from all Dark Odyssey events.
By attending a Dark Odyssey event you affirm that you will be honest and respectful in all your interactions and will be accountable for your actions and behavior.
Incident Response Team @ Dark Odyssey Events
The Incident Response Team (IRT) is a group trained to be the first response ready to handle consent issues, or other interpersonal concerns that occur during a Dark Odyssey Event. Team members will be on site throughout the event as a dedicated resource to deal with consent incidents. The IRT is a well-rounded, diverse group of individuals who are qualified to handle these often difficult matters in a caring and empathetic manner.
The Incident Response Team is an effort to better deal with consent issues that occur during large events. If anyone feels unsafe or uncomfortable or even simply has questions about negotiation the team is here to help. They are available if you just need someone to talk to, to hear you. You may also use them to help with facilitated discussions.
The team will be available throughout a convention. Those seeking an IRT team member should go to the help desk (usually centrally located) or contact the Manager on Duty (MOD), a dungeon monitor, or other staff member who will relay your request and arrange a meeting. We strive to keep a diverse staff available to accommodate attendees preferences. Your meeting will be held in private and will not be discussed with anyone outside of the team and Dark Odyssey management. The IRT is simply an additional resource to help with consent matters. We are always prepared to call the police, ambulance, and other support services should they be needed.
Dark Odyssey is taking these steps in an effort to improve our policies and procedures for dealing with consent issues. Incorporating the Incident Response Team into our events is a great step forward. We are also working on several other educational based efforts to help drive consent culture forward as the standard in our community. As always, feedback is welcomed and encouraged.