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Code of Conduct

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) is dedicated to providing a comfortable and harassment-free environment for everyone at Boskone and other NESFA-sponsored events, as well as spaces managed by NESFA, such as digital platforms. By attending a NESFA event, all individuals must abide by NESFA anti-harassment rules, venue policies, and all municipal, state, and federal laws.

Be respectful and courteous towards others. We expect you to understand that you need to ask before you touch and that “No” means “No”. Harassment of any kind, intimidation, or illegal behavior is not allowed. This applies to your interactions with everyone.

You are expected to refrain from illegal, destructive, or hazardous conduct; or any other inappropriate behavior,  including but not limited to the destruction of property belonging to NESFA or any other party.

Violating this policy may result in action ranging from warning[s], restricting your participation, or being temporarily barred from any or all NESFA events and NESFA-controlled spaces (without refund) to a permanent attendance ban.

Any action under this Code of Conduct in no way precludes injured individuals, the facility, or NESFA from pursuing whatever remedies, civil or criminal, as they see fit.

If you feel you are being harassed, intimidated, or threatened in any way, please get in touch with the person managing the event or space or let a NESFA Officer know. If necessary, email or call the President (currently Rick Kovalcik at 508-259-6819) or the Vice President (currently Sharon Sbarsky at 781-929-6913). [Names and numbers may change after elections with no vote necessary.]

NESFA endeavors to keep all names involved in actions confidential to the extent possible; however, accused individuals have the right to be informed of relevant details to respond to accusations. Therefore, anonymous complaints will not be acted upon unless they can be independently verified. If the individual filing the report requests no action, NESFA will not take action unless a clear threat is identified.