LaunchVic Community Charter
What do we stand for?
Cultivating and nourishing welcoming, safe learning environments is the top priority for all those involved in LaunchVic events.
Those who attend LaunchVic events are expected to be there – to learn, share and connect with their peers in inclusive, welcoming spaces. We’re very grateful for the diverse and curious group of passionate individuals who make up our communities and we trust that everyone in attendance will act in good faith.
At our core, we want to spark a conversation; our events aren’t just a place where you’ll sit down and be ‘talked at’. But we can’t hold that conversation unless everyone feels comfortable and valued as they express their thoughts.
There’s nothing more important to us than the safety and enjoyment of the communities we serve. After all, without the support and goodwill we receive from our community, our events wouldn’t be possible.
Events – by their very nature – are dynamic environments that require everyone in attendance to keep each other honest. If something happens before, during or after the event that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe for any reason, LaunchVic reserves the right to enforce the values we hold dear.
LaunchVic events are a harassment-free zone. We ask that all who attend our events respect every individual’s journey and understand that the harassment of our attendees, speakers, sponsors or staff on any basis or in any form will not be tolerated. We’re committed to ensuring that everyone – regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, physical and cognitive ability, physical appearance, mental health, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), or technology choices – can enjoy and contribute to our events.
By participating in our events, you are agreeing to behave in accordance with our values. In turn, if you feel unsafe at any point during our events, know that the team at LaunchVic will have your back.
What constitutes harassment?
Harassment includes, but is not limited to, offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, physical and cognitive ability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion and technology choices. Harassment may also take the form of intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, the sustained disruption of presentations or other events, inappropriate physical contact, the presentation of sexual images in public spaces, or unwelcome sexual attention. Please be mindful that your personal intentions or opinions aren’t the objective standard when it comes to what constitutes harassment: what may seem like a harmless joke to you may be offensive to others. Attendees at LaunchVic events are expected to adjust their behaviour in response to those around them. In order for our safe learning environments to function effectively, we cannot tolerate harassment or offensive conduct in any space connected to our events; including presentation and workshop spaces, spaces in and around the venue, social events, and on online and social media platforms.
Ultimately, we expect you to present your thoughts and conduct in a way that is considerate to others.
If something happens
At LaunchVic, our highest priority is making sure everyone is safe at our events. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at a LaunchVic event, please know that we have your back. If you come to us with a concern, we will preserve your confidentiality and work quickly to resolve the issue.
Please contact us however you feel most comfortable; be it before, during or after the event so that we can assist you.
We have absolutely zero tolerance for harassing behaviour. If you are alerted by LaunchVic that your actions constitute harassment, you are expected to stop the behaviour immediately and comply with any requests made by LaunchVic staff. LaunchVic may sanction or expel any individual or group behaving in a way that constitutes harassment without a refund, at our discretion.
How to report an issue:
- Find a member of the LaunchVic team on the event floor or at the registration desk
- Find an event volunteer with an event branded shirt who will direct you towards a LaunchVic team member
- Contact us via phone on +61 3 9651 7689 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Copy credit – Slatterys