The CSAA 2017 organizing committee is committed to providing a great conference experience for everyone in attendance. For this reason, we will not tolerate any form of harassment at either the CSAA event or at CSAA event-related social activities. (We also think people should avoid harassment outside event activities!)


What is Harassment?

Harassment is any behavior that demeans, humiliates, or threatens. It includes:

  • Offensive verbal comments based on gender, sexual orientation, appearance, age, size, ability, race, national origin or religion.
  • Intimidation, stalking or following
  • Photographing or recording someone who has asked not to be recorded
  • Sustained disruption of panel presentations and other conference events
  • Uninvited physical contact
  • Uninvited sexual attention


Complaint Procedure

If you have been either a victim of, or witness to harassment, we encourage you to take one or more of the following actions:

  • Approach one or both of the 2017 CSAA conference’s two anti-harassment officers, Kevin Veale and Pansy Duncan. Kevin and/or Pansy can be contacted through a number of channels. You may:
  • Approach them in person. They will be introduced on Day One of the conference and will be in attendance throughout.
  • Approach another member of the 2017 CSAA organizing committee, who will put you in touch with Kevin or Pansy.
  • Email them at and/or
  • Call them at (Pansy) +6492136344  or (Kevin) +6449793569

If contacted, Kevin and/or Pansy will work with you confidentially to respond to the situation in a way that best preserves both your safety and the safety of other delegates. We’ll ask you to tell us what happened; while this can be upsetting, we’ll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. We won’t ask you to confront anyone and we won’t tell anyone who you are. We will help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event.

This report will be made available to Kevin and Pansy. They can’t follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but will take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

  • Contact security services directly:
    • Campus Security (24 Hours): 0274963681
    • Police: 111
    • Campus Facilities Helpdesk (07:30 – 17:00)
    • Extension 63333 for on-campus phones, or
    • 04 979333



If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, at either the CSAA event or at CSAA event-related social activities, event organisers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund.


Content Management in Presentations

Discussion or images related to sex, pornography, violence, discriminatory language, or similar are welcome if they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. it is necessary to the topic of discussion;
  2. it is presented in a respectful manner, especially towards women, LGBTQIA people, and those from other marginalised groups;
  • attendees are warned in advance and respectfully given ample warning and opportunity to leave beforehand.


License and Attribution

This anti-harassment policy is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki, created by the Ada Initiative and other volunteers: