Harassment policy

The Guild of Adventurers is dedicated to providing a positive gaming experience for everyone. Underpinning this experience is the creation of an environment that is free from harassment, bullying, and inappropriate conduct.

What is harassment?

Harassment is defined in law as unwanted conduct on the grounds of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origins, disability, gender reassignment, or religion which has the purpose or effect of either violating the claimant’s dignity, or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for them.

Bullying is a form of harassment and may be characterised as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, or misuse of power through means intended to undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.

Additionally, victimisation is a form of harassment which involves being targeted because an individual has made a complaint or assisted in a complaints procedure.

Providing a positive environment does not mean censorship, but it is important to understand that the intent of the conduct is not the deciding factor on whether it is harassment, bullying or victimisation.

What are some examples of harassment or inappropriate conduct?

Some examples are (but not limited to):

  • offensive comments or humour about gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, etc.
  • unwanted sexual innuendo, suggestions of a sexual nature or sexual contact
  • unwanted physical contact of a non-sexual nature
  • intimidation or threatening behaviour
  • stalking or following
  • actions designed to deliberately disrupt the activities of others without good reason

What can we do to avoid problems?

Almost all problems can be avoided by the application of good manners: treat other club attendees with respect and politeness. Activities that involve content likely to offend or harass others should be carried out in a private location, or where persons wishing to avoid the activity can do so without having to avoid other club activities.

If you’re planning an activity that is likely to contain material others may find offensive, check with them first. Putting a mature content warning on game pitches is a good first step. Most importantly of all, apply common sense to your actions and be considerate.

Being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or being otherwise intoxicated is not an excuse for harassment.

What should we do in the event of harassment or inappropriate conduct?

If you are being harassed or treated inappropriately, or see others being treated this way, you should (if possible and only if it is safe to do so) direct the offending party to stop their conduct; this will resolve many cases of such behaviour. If you cannot, or do not wish to, bring it directly to the attention of the offending party, or if the behaviour continues afterwards, you should inform the Club Manager.

The complainant should set out as clearly and succinctly as possible:

a) the nature of the behaviour that they are concerned about;
b) the effect of this behaviour on them; and
c) the resolution they are seeking.

Serious actions should be reported to the appropriate authorities, such as the Police, immediately.

Harassment incidents will be handled by one or both of the Club Manager and/or a CIC Director. Please see the club’s Code of Conduct for the complaints procedure. If a club member is unsatisfied with the result of the procedure then they may appeal it within 30 days of the decision.

What should I do if I have any questions?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Club Manager, either by email, on Discord or in person on a club night. All inquiries will be treated as confidential.