Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy

Feminism & Classics 2020 is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, body size, religion, ability, medical condition, veteran status, physical appearance, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or any other factor.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form.  Sexual and racist language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks—except, of course, for critical examination of such a language or imagery for scholarly purposes.  We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities, as well as outside of event activities during the conference.

A trained, experienced Anti-Harassment Administrator who is not a member of the discipline will receive and address or refer complaints about harassment and violations of this code of conduct.  You can make a report either personally or anonymously; it is our priority to protect any victim of alleged harassment.  If anyone is in physical danger or requires an immediate response, they are encouraged to notify appropriate law enforcement first (911). This policy and the associated process should not be construed as an emergency response mechanism.  We will update this paragraph in early 2020 with details on how to report a violation.

Everyone at FemClas 2020 is expected to follow this Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy. This includes but is not limited to attendees, speakers, partners, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff at any event which is part of the conference.  All parties are required to affirm, uphold and enforce this Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy throughout the conference. All FemClas 2020 attendees are expected to follow the Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy in any situation in which they are interacting with one another during the conference, on or offsite, including non-event locations.

Faculty members, particularly more senior members of the profession, should be particularly aware of the power dynamics between themselves and students, and between themselves and junior members of the profession.  Please take special care to ensure that more junior attendees experience a harassment-free conference and are treated respectfully, and as colleagues first and foremost. Aim to be collegial and respectful, and do not take advantage of your power over junior members of the profession.  If you are familiar with appropriate bystander-intervention and anti-harassment techniques, by all means use them to intercede if you witness an episode of harassment.

Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Harassment includes, but is not limited to:

  • Verbal comments that reinforce social structures of domination
  • Comments that are lewd, lascivious, demeaning or derogatory
  • Racist, sexist, or otherwise discriminatory jokes, comments, and behaviors
  • Unwelcome discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Unwelcome discussion of racial or ethnic background
  • Unwelcome discussion of physical appearance or body size
  • Unwelcome discussion of religion
  • Unwelcome discussion of ability or impairment
  • Sexual images in public spaces
  • Deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following
  • Harassing photography or recording
  • Distribution of photographs or recordings of someone without their permission, including posting on Twitter or other social media without permission
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Unwelcome sexual attention, including any specific activity for which affirmative consent was not requested and given
  • Unwanted touching, exotification or verbal comments about someone’s body or heritage that are specifically racialized
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behaviour

Alcohol consumption or use of other intoxicating substances is neither an excuse nor an invitation for harassment.

Participants asked to stop harassing behaviour must comply immediately.Participants who violate the policies outlined in this document may be barred from further participation in the conference and may be asked to leave the conference venue immediately.

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, you are not required to but you are encouraged to report potential incidents immediately to the Anti-Harassment Administrator, the organizers, on-site security, or other conference staff. We will work to ensure that making such a report will not result in repercussions or threats to your personal safety. We will take seriously all concerns brought to us. Conference staff has the ability to contact security or local law enforcement, and can provide escort or otherwise assist those who feel they have experienced harassment, in order to ensure that they feel safe for the duration of the conference.

Harassment reduces the value of our conference for everyone. We want you to be happy at, and feel welcome at, FemClas 2020.  Particularly in light of the events at the 2019 Society for Classical Studies conference in San Diego, the conference organizers are ensuring that the site managers for the university and hotel conference locations agree that they and their staff will not challenge any attendee’s right to be part of our conference, regardless of their appearance, dress, race, gender, or other factor.

This Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy can be found in the conference program, posted at the conference site, and online at:

This harassment policy was adapted from the policy of the National Society of Black Physicists, developed by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, available here.

Other sources for this policy include: